Tuesday 28 January 2020

O'Donovan on course for dutch gold

Ireland's Paul O'Donovan. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Ireland's Paul O'Donovan. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
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Paul O'Donovan stormed to the final of the men's lightweight single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam with victory in yesterday's semi-final.

O'Donovan progressed from sixth to fourth place at the 1,000m mark and then passed out Germany's Konstantin Steinhuebel at 1,500m to take first place ahead of Slovenia's Rajko Hrvat to win the race in the fastest time of 6:51:71.

Shortly afterwards, Paul's cousin Mark O'Donovan and Skibbereen man Shane O'Driscoll raced in the men's lightweight pair.

They were second off the start with the French ahead and the Italians and USA behind in equal third. They kept that steady second place all the way to finish behind the French.

Paul will race in the final tomorrow at 12.40 and the pair will race in the following race at 12.45.

The crews are being supported by a large Irish contingent of supporters including the majority of Skibbereen Rowing Club and Paul's brother Gary following their silver medal victory at the Rio Olympics.

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