Wednesday 28 September 2016

Still pulling like a dog! Paul O'Donovan books World Championship final place after another epic race

Published 25/08/2016 | 16:06

12 August 2016; Paul O'Donovan, right, and Gary O'Donovan of Ireland celebrate after finishing second in the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls A final in Lagoa Stadium, Copacabana, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
12 August 2016; Paul O'Donovan, right, and Gary O'Donovan of Ireland celebrate after finishing second in the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls A final in Lagoa Stadium, Copacabana, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Paul O’Donovan, one half of the sibling duo that recently secured Ireland’s first ever Olympic medal for rowing, has continued that rich vein of from by booking his place in the lightweight single sculls final at the World Championships.

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Most of us would still be basking in the glory of winning an Olympic silver medal in the lightweight double sculls, but not Paul O’Donovan.

Along with his brother, Gary, he was one of the high points of the recent Rio games, as the Corkonioan duo accounted for two thirds of the Irish medal haul.

He’s made a swift return to competition at the World Championships in Rotterdam, where earlier today, he won his semi final in a time of 6:51:71. O’Donovan rallied late on, having been in fourth place at the 1000m mark, before pipping Slovenia’s Rajko Hrvart at the finish.

In Saturday's final, to be contested at 12.40pm,  Paul O'Donovan could add the mantle of world champion to his Olympic accolade.

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