UCD Ad Astra student Paul O’Donovan and his brother Gary took gold in the LM2x at the 2016 European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.
The brothers raced exceptionally well in tough conditions and displayed their trademark strong finishing to overtake former World Champions Norway in the second 1000m. A huge congratulations to Gary, Paul, coach Dominic Casey and the Rowing Ireland team on this achievement.
At the same regatta, UCD alumni Claire Lambe finished 9th overall in LW2x and Old Collegian Sanita Puspure claimed a bronze medal in W1x.
The O’Donovans’ success has been widely covered in National media:
An Ireland crew are European rowing champions. The O’Donovan brothers, Paul and Gary, continued their startling rise in Olympic year by taking on and beating former world champions Norway, building on the momentum of the silver medal they won at the World Cup in Italy last month.
The duo took first place with an outstanding display in A final of the lightweight double sculls. The brothers, who will represent Ireland at this summer’s Olympics, lopped off 2.5 seconds from their semi-final time to overtake initial leaders Norway amid blustering conditions The paring have certainly hit form with the showcase in Rio fast approaching, having taken silver in World Cup Regatta in Italy last month.
Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan have won gold at the European Rowing Championships in Germany. The pair took more than two and half seconds off their semi-final time to take first place with a stunning performance in the A Final of the lightweight double sculls, overhauling leaders Norway with a speedy final quarter in very difficult conditions.
Rowing Ireland chief executive Hamish Adams hopes yesterday’s medal haul at the European Championships in Germany lays the foundation for glory at the Olympic Games in Rio later this year. Cork brothers Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan won gold in the lightweight double sculls while later in the afternoon London 2012 Olympian Sanita Puspure secured bronze in the single sculls despite challenging conditions in Brandenburg.
Gary and Paul O’Donovan have been crowned European champions in the lightweight men’s double sculls in Germany.
Sunday, 8th May, 2016 1:10pm Story by Kieran McCarthy Paul and Gary O’Donovan won gold at the European Championships on Sunday morning. Paul and Gary O’Donovan won gold at the European Championships on Sunday morning. SKIBBEREEN brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan won a sensational gold medal at the European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg on Sunday morning.