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Ireland won its first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO: Ireland has won its first Olympic gold medal in rowing when Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won the men’s lightweight double sculls final in Tokyo.

The Irish duo etched their names in history with a thrilling victory at the Sea Forest Waterway. Team Ireland finished first in 6:06.43, followed by Germany in 6:07.29 and Italy in 6:14.30.

Ireland made a steady start to the race, but it was Germany who led the way until the 500m mark, followed by Italy and Ireland. However, the Skibbereen (town in County Cork) pair produced a brilliant performance in the halfway stage, overtaking Italy and cutting the German lead to 0.62 seconds from 1.4 seconds.

From there, O’Donovan and McCarthy took control of the race and overtook Germans just before the 1,500m mark. The Irish boat stormed to victory in the last 300m, crossing the line more than half a boat length ahead, winning by.86 of a second.

It was Ireland’s second medal at the Tokyo Olympics after the women’s four of Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh, and Emily Hegarty won bronze at the Sea Forest Waterway on Wednesday.

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