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

The Skibbereen duo were in action in the men’s lightweight double sculls final today.

Ireland's Gary and Paul O'Donovan celebrate winning silver.
Ireland's Gary and Paul O'Donovan celebrate winning silver.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Updated at 15.24

GARY AND PAUL O’Donovan finished second to claim a historic silver medal in the men’s lightweight double sculls final at the Rio Olympics today.

The O’Donovans came second in a thrilling men’s lightweight double sculls final with a time of 6.31.23, just behind France’s gold medal winners Jérémie Azou and  Pierre Houin (6.30.70) and ahead of third-place Are Strandli and Kristoffer Brun (6.31.39) of Norway.

It is Ireland’s first medal at the Rio Games as well as their first-ever medal in rowing at the Olympics. Previously, a crew that included Sam Lynch — husband of current Team Ireland star Sinead Jennings — finished fourth in the 1996 Atlanta Games, while single scull rower Sean Drea also came fourth at the 1976 Montreal Games.

The country have taken the O’Donovans to their hearts thanks to their fantastic performances in Rio and their endearing interviews.

The Skibbereen pair had previously booked a place in today’s event with an impressive semi-final display.

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