Steve Redgrave's BBC Reaction To Ireland's Olympic Rowing Silver Medal

Steve Redgrave's BBC Reaction To Ireland's Olympic Rowing Silver Medal

As Gary and Paul O'Donovan entered the final 200 or so metres of the Olympic final on Friday, the BBC commentator was genuinely willing the Irish towards victory.

'Come on' was the cry as Ireland moved faster than any other boat and edged ever so slightly towards the eventual winners France.

It was silver, not gold for Ireland at the finish line - but still, a landmark day for Irish rowing had been reached.

In the post-race analysis, Steve Redgrave - the five-time Olympic gold medalist - was also elated for the brothers' achievement.

Though, his phrasing of the importance of rowing within Irish culture does make it sound like we're a tribe in Papua New Guinea.


How close can Ireland come? European champions and now Olympic silver medalists.

It's a very important sport within their culture. They have lacked in success for many, many years.

A men's single - well back before my time - got some good results. But not in recent times. They had a lightweight four in recent times that were knocking on the door, but when it came to the big events, they just fell short.

For the lightweight men's double here, that is going to be very well celebrated back in Ireland.

You can watch Redgrave's reaction below.

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