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Published: 12:30 | 27/8/16

O'Donovan wins worlds gold

Olympic silver medallist Paul O’Donovan won single sculls gold at the world rowing championships in Rotterdam on Saturday.

The Corkman, who won silver in the lightweight double sculls with his brother Gary in Rio, finished 4.11 secs clear of Hungary’s Peter Galambos, with Slovakia’s Lukas Babac third.

The Skibbereen rower was last of the six boats at 500m but reacted quickly to Slovenian Rajko Hrvat's attack and moved up to second at the halfway point, before taking the lead and extending it to a boat's length going into the final 500m.

"The first stroke was bad, but then the second one was good so I went from there," O’Donovan said.

"At the 500m left I remembered I told my friends when I was in Rio that I would win here by open water, so I thought I should probably keep my promise. Then at 200m to go I guess I started smiling a little."

"On behalf of the entire Irish sporting community I would like to congratulate Paul on what is a remarkable achievement," Chairman of Sport Ireland Kieran Mulvey said afterwards.

"Having captured the imagination of the country in Rio, today’s win so soon after claiming an Olympic medal shows Paul’s talent and dedication to his sport."

Lightweight pair Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll missed out on a podium finish, finishing fourth in their final.

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