Irish Olympic gold medalists Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy brought their Tokyo form to the river Thames, claiming victory in their Double Sculls Challenge Cup quarter-final at the Henley Regatta.

The Irish lightweight duo, representing both the Skibbereen Rowing Club and UCC, claimed an impressive victory over the heavyweight crew of Charlie Cousins and Sam Townsend from Reading and Leander.

Racing into a strong headwind, O'Donovan and McCarthy had to dig deep but eventually ran out winners by three quarters of a length.

There was further success for the Skibbereen club as Lydia Heaphy, representing UCC at this regatta, took a commanding victory in over Katie Mole in her quarter-final in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup.

Heaphy will be back in action tomorrow, as will the Quadruple Scull team of Gary O'Donovan, Daire Lynch, Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne who will compete for the Queen Mother Challenge Cup against Leander.