Sanita Puspure won Ireland's second gold medal of the World Rowing Championships on Sunday morning. The 36-year-old blew away the field in the single sculls final, ending many years of heartbreak in major competitions.
Dominant was the adjective used by many to describe Puspure's performance. Such was the proliferation of its use, the Department Of Transport, Tourism and Sport thought 'Dominant' was her first name.
The headline of a press release from Minister for Sport Shane Ross and Junior Minister Brendan Griffin congratulating the Latvian-born rower reads: "Ministers congratulate Dominant on her assured dominance which led to long deserved gold".
A quote from Minister Ross again refers to a "Dominant Puspure".
Minister Ross said: "Yesterday we thought that nothing could top the performances of Paul and Gary O'Donovan in the lightweight men's double sculls at Plovdiv. But today we saw a performance of great tenacity and assurance as Dominant Puspure dominated her rivals in a brilliant single sculls final. Puspure has long deserved this gold. The celebrations in Cork will be mighty tonight and rightly so!."
Minister of State for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin T.D. added congratulations, saying: "Puspure is a magnificent example of the ancient phrase; "Labor omnia vincit — perseverance conquers all. Her tenacity and dedication in face of previous disappointments makes todays victory all the more special. She is a wonderful sportswoman and an inspiration to all."
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