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Tokyo Olympics: Ireland win FIRST-EVER Olympic rowing gold ever in lightweight double sculls race

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan earned Ireland's first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics as they won the men's lightweight double sculls.

The Irish pair crossed the finish line in 6.06.43, which was half a boat length ahead of Germany, who started strongly and pushed the reigning world champions all the way. 

But McCarthy and O'Donovan reeled in and then overhauled Germans Jonathan Rommelmann and Jason Osborne to win by under a second at the Sea Forest Waterway, with Italy taking a distant third.

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan earned Ireland's first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics

It was Ireland's second medal of the Games after the women's four earned bronze on Wednesday.

'That's the race plan, we do it all the time and it seems to work okay for us,' O'Donovan told Irish outlet RTE after the race.

'Italy and Germany always start fast and then they slow down a bit.' 

The gold in Tokyo represents O'Donovan's second Olympic medal, after taking silver with his brother Gary in the same event in Rio five years ago.

The 27-year-old and McCarthy, 24, are also the first athletes from their country to win Olympic gold since boxer Katie Taylor in London nine years ago and the first male Irish gold medallists since Michael Carruth in 1992.

McCarthy and O'Donovan reeled in and then overhauled Germans Jonathan Rommelmann and Jason Osborne

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