Monday 19 February 2018

'It was great to beat the Brits as well': The O'Donovan brothers continue to be the best thing about the Olympics

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The O'Donovan brothers have finally answered the question - what would Jedward be like if they were endearing rather than annoying.

The West Cork siblings have enjoyed a stellar Olympic games, today qualifying for the lightweight sculls final.

And while their rowing feats have been justifiably lauded, it is their quirky and hilarious post-race interviews that have truly won over the Irish public. Gary and Paul O'Donovan dovetail brilliantly in front of the camera to give viewers a  compelling insight into how the duo are going about their Olympic business.

After booking their place in tomorrow's final, the brothers talked to RTE Sport and once again had Irish sports fan laughing hysterically, even throwing in a 1916 reference for good measure.

"So far so good," Gary O'Donovan said before Paul took over.

"We had a cracker of a race there. That race had nearly everything you could want from a race. With the year that's in it, it was great to beat the Brits as well."

The lads did put the jokes aside momentarily to give an interesting breakdown of their semi-final race, which saw them just about hold off Great Britain to qualify for the final.

"We are known to be a bit slow off the start and the Americans are as well so we knew if we held with them we would eventually start coming through the pack."

Listen to the brilliant interview in full here.

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