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Ireland clinch gold in men’s lightweight double sculls

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Ireland clinch gold in men’s lightweight double sculls

Now the men’s lightweight double sculls final, in which Germany are one of the favourites but Ireland will be watching closely to see whether Paul O’Donovan, silver medallist with his brother Gary in Rio, can repeat on the podium alongside Fintan McCarthy.

The Irish boat have already broken the world best time at this regatta and can also be considered another crew favoured to medal.

Germany lead through 500 and 1000 but the Irish are pushing hard now past halfway, picking up the stroke rate.

The boats are level! The Irish have just pulled ahead at 1500 with a stronger stroke! Only three tenths in this, this will be neck and neck to the end!

The German crew have picked it up, but can they close the gap? Ireland up their stroke rate even more and have now opened up a gap of maybe half a boat length!

This is done – gold for Ireland! Silver for Germany, and Italy come through for bronze.

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