The O'Donovan Brothers Are World Rowing Champions

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The O'Donovan Brothers Are World Rowing Champions

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11:36 15 Sep 2018


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Gary & Paul O'Donovan are world champions after they claimed gold in the men's lightweight double sculls in Bulgaria this morning

The Skibereen brothers qualified third in their semi final but there was no such drama in the final as they took control with 500m to go and came home comfortably in front of the Italian pair in second.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gary &amp; Paul live on <a href="https://twitter.com/RTE2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RTE2</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/EvanneNiC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EvanneNiC</a> <br>Medal ceremony coming up live now for the crowning of our new WORLD CHAMPIONS who claim they were out last nite until 2am!! 😆🥇🏆💪 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GreenBlades?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GreenBlades</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeAreRowingIreland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WeAreRowingIreland</a> <a href="https://t.co/bwdvkpOcdf">pic.twitter.com/bwdvkpOcdf</a></p>&mdash; Rowing Ireland (@RowingIreland) <a href="https://twitter.com/RowingIreland/status/1040898255176048641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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President Higgins has congratulated the duo.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“It is a pleasure to, once again, send my congratulations to Gary and Paul O’Donovan on winning a rowing medal. <br><br>They continue to inspire us, not only with this win at the World Rowing Championships but also with their mental and physical strength.”</p>&mdash; President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) <a href="https://twitter.com/PresidentIRL/status/1040897667910524928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2018</a></blockquote>
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