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Ireland wins gold in light rowing

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MEDAL ALERT Ireland’s duo of Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan held off a late charge from Germany’s Jonathan Rommelmann and Jason Osborne to win the gold medal in men’s lightweight double sculls.

Ireland wins lightweight sculls rowing gold The Irish boat looked secure through the first 1,000 meters before the Germans closed the gap with 500 to go and threatened to pull even.

Italy’s Stefano Oppo and Pietro Ruta won bronze. MEDAL ALERT

___ A late surge over the final 200 meters sent the Irish to the win by 0.86 seconds.

New Zealand’s Grace Pendergrast and Kerri Gowler have won gold in the rowing women’s pair. Russia’s Vasilisia Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia surged past Canada’s Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens over the final 300 meters to take the silver medal. Canada won bronze.

MEDAL ALERT The Kiwi duo won the world championship in 2019 and were favored to grab victory in Tokyo. They are just the third non-European team to win the Olympic event and the first since 1996.

Croatian brothers Martin and Valent Sinkovic have dominated the men’s pair in Olympic rowing, cruising to victory in a race they led from the start. The Kiwi duo won the world championship in 2019 and were favored to grab victory in Tokyo. They are just the third non-European team to win the Olympic event and the first since 1996.

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