Olympics 2016

'Tis great to beat the Brits' - O'Donovan brothers' interview after reaching final

Gary and Paul O'Donovan during today's race
Gary and Paul O'Donovan during today's race

This is absolute gold from Ireland's new favourite Olympians, Gary and Paul O'Donovan.

The O'Donovan brothers from Skibbereen in Co Cork finished third in their rowing semi-final to reach the A final in the men's lightweight double sculls.

Their semi-final was won by France (6:34.43) ahead of the United States (6.35.19) but Ireland were very comfortable in third place in 6.35.70 with the Great Britain boat, which included Coleraine-born oarsman Richard Chambers, a distant fourth in 6:38.76.

After their excellent race, the duo gave this honest, hilarious interview:

The Team Ireland rowers also have a fairly simple gameplan for tomorrow's final, scheduled to start at around 2:45pm Irish time: