Name: Paul O'Donovan
Event: Rowing - lightweight double sculls
The saying 'pull like a dog' was given greater expression by Paul O'Donovan and his brother Gary after they qualified for the lightweight double sculls final at the Rio 2016 Games.
The silver medal that was subsequently won was Ireland's first rowing medal at an Olympics.
In 2017, Paul took home gold in the lightweight single sculls at the World Championships in Florida. The following year he and Gary claimed gold in the double sculls at the Worlds in Bulgaria, this success coming shortly after the pair took home a European silver medal in the same discipline.
Paul and Fintan McCarthy then reigned supreme at the 2019 World Championships in Austria to book their Tokyo place.