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Published: 15:03 | 12/8/16

Olympic silver for O'Donovan brothers


The O'Donovan brothers have made history by becoming the first Irish rowers to win an Olympic medal by taking silver in the men's lightweight double sculls final.

It was Norway who took the early lead and passing the 500m mark Gary and Paul O'Donovan found themselves in fifth position.

France took it up approaching the halfway point with the Irish pair slowly edging their way back into contention, lying just under half a second behind the leaders.

Heading into the final quarter the Cork dup had moved into second and sensing victory was within their grasp they went in pursuit of the French boat. They continued to gain but the French pair of Pierre Houn and Jeremie Azou held on to take gold with Ireland claiming silver.

There was disappointment for Sinead Lynch and Claire Lambe as they finished sixth in the women's lightweight sculls final.

The Irish pair were slow off the mark and they were never able to close the gap on the rest of the field.

Canadians Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee led in the early stages of the final before Wenyi Huang and Feihong Pan of China took it up after just 200m.

Ireland, meanwhile, remained in sixth spot throughout the race and trailed in behind fifth place New Zealand with Netherlands’ Isle Paulis and Maaike Head storming to gold ahead of Canada and China.

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