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Paul O'Donovan cruises into world championship semi-finals with another impressive win

The Olympic silver medallist recorded the quickest time from the four quarter-finals.

Paul O'Donovan is showing no signs of fatigue from his efforts in Rio.
Paul O'Donovan is showing no signs of fatigue from his efforts in Rio.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

PAUL O’DONOVAN IS still on track to add a world championship medal to the Olympic silver he won earlier this month after he claimed victory in his men’s lightweight single sculls quarter-final in Rotterdam this afternoon.

The younger O’Donovan brother, who alongside sibling Gary (23) won Ireland’s first Olympic rowing medal in Rio, recorded the fastest time across the four quarter-finals.

Paul O’Donovan has shown no signs of fatigue from his efforts in Rio and won today’s race on the back of an equally impressive outing in Monday’s heats.

The 22-year-old from west Cork was third at the halfway mark but upped the pace over the final 1000m to record victory in 6.54.790, just over two seconds clear of Colin Ethridge of the United States in second and more than five seconds ahead of Croatia’s Luka Radonic in third.

Just six of the quarter-finalists posted times under the seven-minute mark and O’Donovan’s was the quickest by just over a second.

O’Donovan is back on the water tomorrow at 14.35 in the first of the two semi-finals.

Meanwhile, earlier today it was confirmed that a civic reception will be held for the O’Donovan brothers at the Cork County Hall next Wednesday morning as the nation gets ready to welcome home two of its Olympic heroes.

Organisers are expecting up to 10,000 people to turn out for the event.

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