Friday 23 March 2018

'I couldn’t watch it' - RTÉ commentator wells up talking about Ireland’s Olympic silver medal win

Neville Maxwell
Neville Maxwell

An RTÉ commentator became so overwhelmed by Ireland’s silver medal win at the Olympics on Friday afternoon, came close to tears while discussing the win on live television.

Neville Maxwell told the RTÉ Sport presenter: “I couldn’t watch it. I’m so happy”.

Close to tears of pride, Maxwell explained: “20 years we’ve been waiting for this. But they have finally, finally broken the duck in terms of the Olympic Games. We’ve been winning medals for 20 years and at last we’ve got that Olympic medal.

“They were brilliant. They did it exactly like they talked about it. I’m just so proud of them. I’m just so excited for them. Fourth place. Let’s stop talking about it. It’s in the bin, it’s forgotten about. Now we have rowers that are winning Olympic medals. It’s taken us to another level.”

The show’s presenter noticed Maxwell becoming emotional over the win and he explained to her: “Believe or not it’s an amateur sport. The guys were doing exams, sending in reports for college back in March. They train hard.

“This is such a brilliant reward for them. It’s a brilliant reward for their coach, Dominic Casey. For all the rowers that have gone to world championships or won medals or nearly got them, this is an inspiration. We’re all so excited. I’m so excited. This is brilliant. So happy for them.”

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