World Championships: Holly Nixon and Paul O'Donovan secure gold medals

Enniskillen's Holly Nixon
Enniskillen's Holly Nixon was part of the winning Great Britain Four crew

Enniskillen rower Holly Nixon and Ireland's Paul O'Donovan have secured gold medals at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam.

Nixon, 22, was victorious in the women's Four as part of the Great Britain quartet at the event, which is being contested by non-Olympic classes.

O'Donovan, 22, won the lightweight single sculls final in 7:32:84.

Coleraine's Joel Cassells and GB team-mate Sam Scrimgeour were third in the lightweight pairs, won by France.

The French duo came home 1.12 seconds ahead of Denmark, with the GB pairing a further 2.31 seconds adrift in third.

The British pair had won the title in France last year and followed that up by retaining their European title in Brandenburg in May this year.

Olympic silver medallist O'Donovan was dominant in his final, finishing four seconds ahead of Peter Galambos of Hungary.

The Skibbereen man had clinched Olympic silver in the lightweight double sculls in Rio with his brother Gary.

Nixon is competing in her first year at senior level with Great Britain and is Fermanagh's first ever senior World Championship medal winner.

She was joined in the GB boat by Fiona Gammond, Donna Etiebet and Holly Norton.

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