World Cup Rowing: Rebecca Shorten and GB team-mates reach Rotterdam final

Rebecca Shorten (centre)
Rebecca Shorten (centre) is part of the Great Britain women's eight team

Belfast's Rebecca Shorten and the Great Britain women's eight have won the repechage to reach Sunday's final at the World Cup regatta in Rotterdam.

The British led from start to finish to beat Romania by 3.14 seconds.

Philip Doyle from Banbridge and partner Ronan Byrne, competing for Ireland, led from start to finish in the men's double sculls semi-final.

Olympic silver medallist Gary O'Donovan won bronze in the lightweight single Sculls final.

O'Donovan's brother Paul, his Olympic partner in Rio, and new team-mate Fintan McCahill reached the semi-final in the lightweight men's double sculls to progress to Sunday's final.

Doyle and Byrne were never led as they went on to win by almost three seconds from Germany.

Their time of 6:33.47 was slower than the other semi-final winners, the Netherlands who were involved in a much tighter contest with Switzerland.

This is the first time Doyle and Byrne have reached an A Final having previously finished fourth in the B Final at the European Championships in Lucerne in June and third in the B decider at last year's World Championships.

Ireland's Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley reached the women's pairs final after finishing second behind Romania in their semi-final.