Friday 23 February 2018

'Mick Conlan said he'd box the head off us if we didn't win gold!': O'Donovan brothers give another epic interview after Olympic silver medal

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Irish sports fans were eagerly anticipating Gary and Paul O'Donovan's Olympic lightweight double sculls final this afternoon - not just because they were a medal favourite but also for the potentially brilliant post-race interview.

The brothers didn't disappoint on either count, racing fantastically to claim a silver medal while also delivering TV gold when talking to RTE afterwards.

Read more: Silver for Ireland! The O'Donovan brothers do the country proud with amazing Olympic rowing final race

It was a historic day for Irish rowing, with the silver medal won by the duo the first of any colour ever won by an Irish rower at the Olympics.

Afterwards, the siblings were in predictably colourful form as they answered Joe Stack's questions.

"We are a little bit disappointed we didn't come away with the gold medal, we put it up to the French as best we could," Paul said.

"We are dreading going home now because Mick Conlan said he would box the head off us if we didn't get the gold!"

Watch: The O'Donovan brothers stopped their post-race interview for a touching sporting moment after winning silver

"It is fantastic," Gary added.

"We haven't really come to terms with it. We wanted to win a gold medal but to come out of it with a silver is just fantastic. We can't complain with that."

Paul O'Donovan also spoke about the pride he and his brother feel in helping to grow the sport of rowing in Ireland.

"It is a fantastic sport and we are just hoping that a lot of more people realise it and take it up and give it a go," he said.

"You would never know, there are plenty of people with two arms and two legs like ourselves so there could be more Olympic champions to come please god."

The interview appeared to have drawn to a close when Paul and Gary were asked what he would like to say to the people of Ireland.

"You've just been asking questions and we've been answering them and people seem to be enjoying it," Gary said to RTE's Joe Stack.

"Tiocfaidh ár lá," added Paul.

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