Ireland is celebrating a first gold medal at the Olympics since 2012.

Skibbereen rowers Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy have been crowned lightweight doubles sculls champions in Tokyo.

They finished this morning’s race strongly to come in ahead of Germany.
It follows Paul and his brother Gary securing a silver medal in Rio 5 years ago.

Speaking to RTE sport after winning Irelands first ever gold medal in rowing, Paul O’Donovan gave an insight into their approach…

First time Olympian Fintan McCarthy was asked if he felt daunted in the build up to his first Olympic final…

Three-time Olympian Niall O’Toole believes Team Ireland have a great chance to build on this success ahead of Paris in three years time.

Irish swimmer Shane Ryan has missed out on a semi-final place but set a new Irish record in the 100 metre Butterfly.

The 27-year-old was fourth in his heat in a time of 52.52 seconds shaving point-zero-six of Brendan Hyland’s record.

Ryan had to pull of his main event – the 100 metre Backstroke – due to injury.
Annalise Murphy continues her fight back after placing first and second in her races in the Lasar Radial and is up to 14th place ahead of the final two qualifying races tomorrow.

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove took second place in Race 5 of the 49er, they now sit in seventh place in their event.
Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy have ground to make up after the first round of the golf at the Olympics.

McIlroy has signed for a two-under-par round of 69 while Lowry will be one-under into day two.

Austria’s Sepp Straka has a one-shot lead at eight-under.
Two-time world champion in men’s Pole Vault – Sam Kendricks from the US has been ruled out of the Olympic Games after testing positive for Covid-19.

Three Australian athletes deemed close contacts returned negative PCR tests but will remain in isolation.

There have now been 198 cases among Olympic personnel, including 20 athletes.

The track and field events in Tokyo get underway tomorrow.

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