Four Inishowen athletes were celebrating at the weekend after helping club and country to an amazing medal haul at the 2016 World Tug Of War Championships in Holland.
Liam Strain (Burnfoot), Adrian Lynch (Buncrana), Paul Duffy (Buncrana) and Manus Doherty (Clonmany) are members of the Co. Louth based St. Pats Tug of War Team who claimed THREE gold and one silver medal while also helping Ireland to team gold in the 560kg category. The team had already won the Irish National Championships to qualify for the World Championships.
The following is the medal haul that these four men helped secure;
World Club Championships (Representing St. Pats)
560kg category: WORLD SILVER – Manus Doherty and Paul Duffy
600kg category: WORLD GOLD – Liam Strain and Paul Duffy
640kg category: WORLD GOLD – Liam Strain and Adrian Lynch
680kg category: WORLD GOLD – Adrian Lynch and Liam Strain
(World Championships (Representing Ireland)
560kg category: WORLD GOLD – Liam Strain, Adrian Lynch and Manus Doherty
640kg category: WORLD BRONZE – Adrian Lynch
680kg category: WORLD BRONZE – Adrian Lynch and Paul Duffy
Two other Inishowen competitors, Carndonagh duo Cathal McLaughlin and Anthony Doherty, also represented Ireland in the 600kg category, alongside Burnfoot’s Strain (Burnfoot), eventually finishing fourth after losing out to the Basque Country by less than an inch.
The total individual medal haul for the Inishowen contingent was NINE GOLDS, TWO SILVERS AND THREE BRONZE. The individuals recipients were as follows; Liam Strain (Burnfoot) won 4 World Golds; Adrian Lynch (Buncrana) won 3 World Golds and 2 World Bronze; Paul Duffy (Buncrana) won 1 World Gold, 1 World Silver and 1 World Bronze; Manus Doherty (Clonmany) won 1 World Gold and 1 World Silver.