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Joy at Olympic glory for Galway rowers

Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Furbo’s Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty celebrate on the podium with their bronze medals after finishing third in the Women’s Four final at the Sea Forest Waterway early yesterday (Wednesday) during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Champagne was popped and joyous tears were flowing in Moycullen and Furbo villages last night to celebrate Galway's two Olympic medallists who were part of the never-say-die women's coxless fours team that had the nation on the edge of its seat early on Wednesday morning.

In the early hours, rowers Fiona Murtagh from Gurtahalla, and Aifric Keogh from Furbo claimed rowing bronze in the Olympic women's coxless four, becoming Ireland's first medal winners at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Silver medallists at the Europeans, this crew of Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Murtagh and Emily Hegarty has continued to grow in stature. Having booked their place straight into yesterday's final when they finished just 0.2 of a second behind red-hot favourites and eventual winners Australia, they already had created history as the first Irish women's heavyweight rowers to make an Olympic final. And, tipped for a medal after a superb heat, they delivered.


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