Paul O'Donovan consolidated his reputation as our greatest ever rower by following up his Olympic silver medal with World Championship gold in the lightweight skulls in Rotterdam earlier today.
O'Donovan streaked to victory after a slow start, which left O'Donovan in sixth at the 500m mark. He eventually won by 4.11 seconds from Peter Galambos of Hungary in second and Lukas Babac of Slovakia in third. The race can be watched here, with the commentary referring to him as "the celebrity from Skibbereen".
The state broadcaster, cognizant of the gold in which the brothers mined for them at the Olympics, phoned Paul up in the aftermath of the race, and he described his beginning to the race to Saturday Sport's John Murray.
He described his beginning in his own, inimitable poetry:
The homecoming to Skib is on Monday, with O'Donovan saying that they might have to extend the town to accommodate everyone.
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