Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy win gold at World Rowing Championships

PAUL O’DONOVAN AND Fintan McCarthy have claimed a gold medal in the men’s doubles sculls final at the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.

The Skibbereen stars put in another superb performance with a time of 6:16.46 to become world champions again.

O’Donovan and McCarthy drove home and comfortably finished first. “It’s fine, yes,” O’Donovan said afterwards in a typically nonchalant interview with RTÉ Sport:

The 2020 Olympic champions and clear favorites were last after 700 meters but usually found their rhythm and got going. They grabbed the lead halfway through and clocked a 3:06.81 when they broke away from the rest of the field to clearly cross the line. Italy and Ukraine followed in second and third place.

There was big disappointment for the Irish Women’s Four with Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty going on to finish sixth in the final.

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The quartet clinched a glittering bronze medal at last summer’s Summer Olympics, so today’s result will be particularly heartbreaking. Great Britain took the crown, followed by the Netherlands and Australia in second and third place.

Earlier this morning, Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey clinched a bronze medal in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls Final.

Katie O’Brien and Steven McGowan finished fifth in the mixed double sculls final, while the Irish men’s foursome team of John Kearney, Ross Corrigan, Nathan Timoney and Jack Dorney and women’s pair Natalie Long and Tara Hanlon finished second in their respective B finals.

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