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Ireland Claim First Ever Rowing Gold At Olympic Games

Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won the men's lightweight double sculls final

Rowers Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy have struck gold for Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics. 

They edged out Germany to win this morning's men's lightweight double sculls final in a time of six-minutes and six-seconds. 

The Skibbereen duo pulled away in the last 300-metres to hand Team Ireland their second medal of the Games, following on from the bronze won by the women's four boat yesterday. 

For O'Donovan, it's a second Olympics medal after he claimed silver alongside his brother Gary in Rio in 2016. 

There was disappointment though for Sanita Puspure in the women's single sculls. 

The two-time World champion has missed out on a place in the final after finishing fifth in her semi-final. 

President of Athlone Boat Club Paul Donovan joined Midlands103 Sports Editor Robbie Fahy and Will Faulkner on the MidlandsToday Show to discuss its significance:  

Elsewhere Sanita Puspure suffered disappointment in the women's single sculls. 

The two-time World champion missed out on a place in the final after finishing fifth in her semi. 

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