Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Donovan brothers miss out on medal at World Cup on otherwise successful day for the Irish

Gary O'Donovan, left, and Paul O'Donovan
Gary O'Donovan, left, and Paul O'Donovan Newsdesk Newsdesk

Olympic silver medalists Paul and Gary O'Donovan came up just short in their lightweight double sculls final in today's World Cup event in Belgrade, finishing fourth after a tight finish.

The O'Donovan brothers moved into third down the home stretch but were beaten to the bronze medal position by Poland, with Great Britain and the Czech Republic coming home in first and second.

Away from that disappointment it was a very successful day for Irish competitors, with Skibbereen Rowing Club duo Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan taking gold in the men's lightweight pair, holding off Russia, Great Britain and Hungary to win by one second.

Then in the lightweight women's single sculls final, Denise Walsh recovered from a slow start that saw her in fifth position, to roar back and claim silver just behind Switzerland and ahead Poland.

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