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IT'S PURE & SIMPLE.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

SANITA PUSPURE is aiming to make the single sculls semi-finals today - and with her back story, Ireland's rowing coach Martin McElroy wouldn't put it past her.

Puspure was raised in Latvia and competed in junior international competition. But she came to Ireland for a new life in 2006 with her husband and became a naturalised citizen last year - now the 29-year-old is the only Irish rower to qualify for the Olympics.

"I am full of admiration for her because she has come over to Ireland with her husband, they have been here seven years, they've had two kids," said McElroy.

"She was a silver medallist at under-23 in Latvia, came over here, forgot about rowing completely, passes by the River Liffey one day and sees a rowing club and says 'I fancy a bit of that'. She will tell you herself she just took it up to get rid of her baby tummy!" Puspure finished third in her heat on Sunday to get into the quarters and another top three finish this morning would put her in the semi-finals.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Jul 31, 2012
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