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Incredible day for Irish rowing: Gold for O'Donovan brothers and bronze for Puspure

Gary and Paul O’Donovan have been crowned European champions in the lightweight men’s double sculls in Germany.

IT’S BEEN A momentous day for Irish rowing at the European Championships in Germany with a gold for Gary and Paul O’Donovan in the lightweight men’s double sculls and a bronze for Sanita Puspure in the women’s single sculls.

The O’Donovan brothers, from Skibbereen in west Cork, had almost two seconds to spare over the second-placed team from Germany, winning in a time of 6.57.760.

The team from Norway, who recorded the fastest times in the heats and in the semi-finals, finished just under a second behind the Germans to claim bronze.

The Irish pair performed excellently in rough conditions, reeling in the leading Norwegians, to claim the win in Brandenburg.

Puspure then added to the Irish elation in Germany with an impressive third-placed finish in the women’s single sculls.

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Her time of 9.44.770 was good enough for bronze, just over five seconds behind Elza Gulbe of Latvia and more than 22 seconds behind the runaway winner, Austria’s Magdalena Lobnig.

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