We'll Leave It There So: Historic Olympic day for Ireland and all today's sport

Judy Reynolds, Scott Evans and Seamus Power all impressed in Rio.

Gary and Paul O'Donovan celebrate winning silver medals James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO


‘Close your eyes and pull like a dog’…What a day for Skibbereen’s finest Gary and Paul O’Donovan. They were true to their word and made history by claiming Ireland’s very first medal in Olympic rowing.

There was disappointment for Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe as they had to make do with sixth place in their rowing final.

Elsewhere, Judy Reynolds has qualified for the dressage final after a magnificent display at the Olympic Equestrian Arena.

Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K Libby Law / INPHO Libby Law / INPHO / INPHO

Scott Evans also made history by becoming the first Irishman to win an Olympic badminton match.

In golf, Seamus Power conjured an excellent second round and is now four shots off a podium place.

Mark English conjured a superb finish to qualify for the men’s 800 metres semi-finals.

In the pool, Michael Phelps picked up his 22nd gold medal in the wee small hours.


Jack Conan will captain Leinster from number eight in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Ulster.

Paul Pogba won’t make his debut for Manchester United this weekend – he has to serve a one-game suspension that has carried over from his Juventus days.

Adnan Januzaj has joined Sunderland on loan and will reunite with his former manager, David Moyes, at the Stadium of Light.

The Best Thing We Shared

On a magical day for Irish rowing, Neville Maxwell got a bit choked up in the RTE studios as he tried to put Gary and Paul O’Donovan’s achievement into context.

And it was lovely.

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On The Record

We’re a little bit disappointed we didn’t come away with the gold medal – I think we put it up to the French as best we could. We’re dreading going home now because Mick Conlan said he’d box the head off us if we didn’t get the gold.”

We expected the post-race reaction to be priceless and Gary O’Donovan certainly didn’t disappoint.


Where We Were Today

Our Niall Kelly was there to see two young fellas from deepest West Cork make some history at an Olympics.

Showbiz, Baby!

Former world snooker champion Steve Davis is playing a DJ set in Dublin this weekend.

Yep, you heard that right.

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Joy for Irish rowing as O’Donovan brothers claim historic silver medal at Olympics

Rio Olympics liveblog: Day 7

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