Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal Rowing Mens Lightweight Double Skulls

Historic Gold for O’Donovan, McCarthy & Ireland 

29 Jul 2021
Caroline O'Mahony

Sport Ireland extends its congratulations to Paul O’Donovan & Fintan McCarthy after they won a historic first rowing Olympic Gold for Ireland in the lightweight double sculls in Tokyo.

In a thrilling encounter, the West Cork duo fought off stiff competition from their German counterparts to claim Ireland’s second medal of the Tokyo Games and the first Gold medal since Katie Taylor’s win in London.

Chairman of Sport Ireland Kieran Mulvey was delighted for the pair, saying: “Today is a truly magnificent day for Paul & Fintan, for Irish Rowing and for Irish Sport. Ireland’s consistency in the lightweight double sculls has been evident for many years now, and this Gold is thoroughly deserved. Paul and Fintan are excellent ambassadors for both their sport and their country. On behalf of Sport Ireland, I extend our congratulations to Paul & Fintan, their families, support team and all at Rowing Ireland on what is a brilliant day for Irish Sport.”

Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy added: “Paul & Fintan are so impressive, not only in their performance, but also in the manner in which they approach their rowing. They are extremely dedicated and hard working, but always do so with a smile and sense of enjoyment. They are an excellent example to young athletes everywhere. Sport Ireland has been delighted to support Paul & Fintan on their journey to this historic Gold and we join with the nation in congratulating them on their victory.”

Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal Rowing Mens Lightweight Double Skulls