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Rio Olympics: Irish athlete's eyes weren't smiling enough due to huge drama

Irish athletes enjoyed a few highs in Rio but there were many lows. Kicking off with the highs, the O'Donovan brothers, Gary and Paul from west Cork, won silver in the lightweight men's double sculls - Ireland's first rowing medal.

And Dubliner Annalise Murphy won a silver medal in the sailing. She was competing in the laser radial class and had narrowly missed out on a medal in London 2012.

Elsewhere there was disappointment and in some cases, deep anger. Michael Conlan used some colourful language and even tweeted Russian President Vladimir Putin after losing his quarter-final bantamweight bout against Russia's Vladimir Nikitin.

2012 lightweight boxing champions Katie Taylor and 2012 bronze medallist Paddy Barnes also tasted defeat while Michael O'Reilly failed to set foot in the ring after failing a drugs test before the Olympics even began.

And Coleraine rowers Alan Campbell, Richard and Peter Chambers failed to grasp a medal, however Campbell is now the first Northern Irish Olympian to compete in four games.

There was also drama involving Ireland's top Olympic official and an alleged ticket scam. Dublin's Pat Hickey, president of the European Olympic committees and head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, was sensationally arrested at his luxury hotel in Rio. He is currently in a maximum security prison in Rio.

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