BY KIERAN McCARTHY
GARY and Paul O’Donovan showed that they will be in the hunt for top honours at the world championships in September by winning silver at the European Rowing Championships on Sunday morning.
The Skibbereen Rowing Club brothers relinquished their European lightweight doubles title to Olympic champions France but Gary and Paul produced enough to suggest that they will be in the mix at the worlds.
It was a trademark slow start for the duo who were fifth at the halfway mark but they rowed their way back into medal contention inside the last 500 metres.
The French crew dominated the race and were deserving winners but the Skibb duo had to battle past Italy and Poland to win the silver, finishing in 6:20.060, just three hundredths of a second ahead of the Italians in third place.