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Gold rush! Untouchable Paul O'Donovan defends World Rowing Championship title
The 23-year-old stormed to a stunning gold in the lightweight single sculls.

IRISH ROWING’S GOLDEN hour shows no sign of ending after Paul O’Donovan defended his World Rowing Championship title in Florida, just ten minutes after Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll became world champions.

Paul O'Donovan after winning his quarter-final Detlev Seyb / INPHO Detlev Seyb / INPHO / INPHO

The 23-year-old once again underlined his dominance in the lightweight single sculls division with another powerful performance to successfully retain the crown he won in Rotterdam 12 months ago.

O’Donovan’s victory follows that of his Skibbereen team-mates, who held off the late challenge of Italy and Brazil to be crowned lightweight men’s pair champions.

The Olympic silver medallist crossed in a time of 6:48.87 ahead of boats from New Zealand and Norway.

O’Donovan and O’Driscoll win gold for Ireland at World Rowing Championships


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