Monday 26 September 2016

Irish rowing sensation Paul O'Donovan adds World GOLD to Olympic silver

Published 27/08/2016 | 11:48

Paul O'Donovan before he received his gold medal this morning
Paul O'Donovan before he received his gold medal this morning
Ireland's Paul O'Donovan

When Paul O'Donovan returns home on Monday, he will do so as an Olympic silver medallist and a World Championship GOLD medal after an amazing display this morning.

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O'Donovan came first in the men's lightweight sculls final at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam.

He was cheered on by his brother Gary, who has stopped by Rotterdam on his return from Rio, as well as a large contingent from Skibbereen.

He made his customary slow start in Lane Six and was trailing at the 500m mark.

The 22-year-old's cadence level began to improve and he began to close on European champion Lukas Babac from Slovakia.

By the 1500m stage, O'Donovan had moved into the front and he pulled clear of the field to win by over four seconds.

Babac was overhauled an pipped for second by Peter Galambos of Hungary.

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Two of the O'Donovan's clubmates were in action when Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan took to the water in the men's lightweight pair final and they finished in fourth.

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