Tokyo 2020: Irish rowing’s intense training culture has led to Olympic glory

Ireland’s medal-winning rowers have triumphed under new regime

Ireland’s Aifric Keogh, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe and  Emily Hegarty after the Women’s Four final in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Ireland’s Aifric Keogh, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty after the Women’s Four final in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Aifric Keogh leans against the rail at the Sea Forest Waterway Olympic rowing venue in Tokyo Bay and tells the story of training for a bronze medal.

“I don’t know what we were expecting but we definitely were not expecting what we did – a lot, a lot of volume,” she says.

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