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Paul O'Donovan Turned His Hand To Cross Country At The Weekend

Paul O'Donovan Turned His Hand To Cross Country At The Weekend

Two months on from winning gold in the water at the Olympic Games, Paul O'Donovan looked at home racing on land over the weekend.

The 27-year-old took part in the Cork Novice Cross Country Championships near the village of Riverstick.

O'Donovan - who was running for the Leevale club - finished 16th in the race, running 22:47 for the six kilometre course.

He cross the line 2:52 behind winner Liam Harris of Togher AC, and just under two minutes after second-placed Sean O'Connell, also of Togher AC, and third-placed James Hayes of Cork Track Club.

Leevale finished second in the team event. Though, O'Donovan was not one of their four scoring runners. Togher AC took the team title, with East Cork AC in third.

O'Donovan won his second Olympic rowing medal at this year's Games when he and Fintan McCarthy claimed gold in the lightweight men's double sculls. However, both were beaten by Daire Lynch in the men's single at the National Rowing Championships last month.

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Paul O'Donovan runs in Cork Novice Cross County Championships

Picture credit: Sportsfile / Video credit: John Quigley

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