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August 10, 2012

Ireland secures its second gold of the London 2012 Olympic games with a convincing win in the finals of the Indoor Beaver Toss.

Team Ireland has added a second gold to its Olympic medal tally in the London  2012 Olympic games with a win for  Hannah Monger in the women's indoor  beaver toss.

Edit: For those of you unfamiliar with this Olympic event, the indoor beaver toss is a track and field athletics event where the aim is to throw a live beaver as far as you can.

The 24 year-old Cork woman finished top of the billing in the final of the women's indoor beaver toss with a convincing 193 - 175 point win over Spain's Bonita Pinga. Monger's win at the Pontam Arena this evening has secured her a place alongside some of the great beaver tossers of our time.

In front of 94,000 screaming men, Hannah tossed her beaver in a thrilling 17 minute opening display racking up a spectacular first round score of 67 points. To the amazement of the hardened crowd, Pinga immediately responded to the Irish underdog's hot and hairy opening with a near perfect score of 68 points.

The Spaniard came out swinging in the second round and again scored a thigh slapping score of 68. But 'Hannah the Haddock' replied with a perfect toss of her beaver, sending the crowd into a frenzy, and giving her a two point lead going into the final round.

It was finger sucking stuff all the way through the final round where both opponents showed red raw determination fisting the game into sudden death. In the end, Monger was too strong for her Spanish rival and the game finished up a toe curling 193 points to 175.

"I just can't believe that it has actually happened for me" she said after the toss. "My whole life I've been tossing beaver and sometimes you doubt whether or not that dedication is going to pay off. Thankfully, today it has.

I hope that my performance will inspire all the young girls out there to get involved and start tossing beaver today."

Monger's win brings Ireland's medal tally at the London Olympic games to a total of five, with medals also going to Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes.