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O'Donovans back on the podium with World Cup gold, as Puspure claims silver

It was a good morning for Ireland in Lucerne.

Image: Lukasz Laskowski

IRELAND’S GARY AND Paul O’Donovan added another title to their collection on Sunday morning, winning the gold medal at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, while Sanita Puspure claimed a brilliant silver.

The Cork brothers crossed in a time of 6:28.50 to claim victory ahead of Belgium and Denmark in the lightweight men’s double sculls A final.

As has become the norm, the O’Donovans had ground to make up after the initial 500 metres, but showed their power from the halfway mark to hold off the challenge of Belgium to win gold.

“It was a pretty good race, Denmark took over for a while but then we swapped. We managed to throw ourselves over the finish line in first,” Gary told WorldRowing.com afterwards.

Puspure then continued the Irish success in Switzerland as she finished second in the single sculls A final, just pipped to gold by home favaourite Jeannine Gmelin.

Meanwhile, Skibbereen duo Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan finished third in the B final of the men’s double sculls.

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