Rio Olympics

Team Ireland wins first Olympic medal

Paul and Gary O'Donovan celebrate Friday's silver medal
Picture by AP 

IRELAND'S Paul O'Donovan and Gary O'Donovan have won a silver medal in the men's lightweight double sculls at the Rio Olympics. 

The brothers from Skibbereen in Co Cork have become internet sensations after a series of interviews in which they extolled the virtue of steak and spuds and ice baths. On a wet morning at the Lagoa, the  brothers shone with a fine performance that brought with it a deserved podium spot.

The O'Donovans produced the race of their life, with another strong finish seeing them come from fifth at the halfway mark to win silver in six minutes 31.23 seconds. The Skibbereen siblings got their regatta under way by winning their heat, before a rapid finish saw them through to the final in third.

Drawn in lane one, a medal appeared a big ask yet their power in the final half of the race brought with it a place on the podium. France's Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou secured gold, 0.53 secs ahead of the O'Donovan brothers.


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