| 15.3°C Dublin

cheers and tears Wonderful reception for Ireland's golden boys as they return to the Olympic village

Close

Paul O'Donovan, left, and Fintan McCarthy celebrate after winning an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Paul O'Donovan, left, and Fintan McCarthy celebrate after winning an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Paul O'Donovan, left, and Fintan McCarthy celebrate after winning an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Golden boys Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy received a wonderful reception as they returned to the Olympic village after their epic win in the the lightweight double sculls.

O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won a thrilling lightweight double sculls final in Tokyo on Thursday to claim their country’s first Olympic gold medal since 2012.

The duo took the moment of glory in their stride as they lived up to their billing as gold medal contenders in the grand manner and then they received the reception champions deserve as they got back to their base at the Olympic village, with the moment captured by sportswriter Gary Lemke on Twitter.

They even found time for a brief lap of honour in front of their fellow Irish athletes:

The victory was a moment that was instantly etched into Irish sporting folklore, with O'Donovan serving up interviews aplenty in his own unique style after his greatest moment.

"I suppose it’s fine. We are just trying to do the best we can and hopefully be the best of the rest of them," he said.

"That’s the race plan we had, we do it all the time and it seems to work OK for us. Italy and Germany always go hard, you can count on that, and then slow down a bit.

"Once we were catching up to them we knew we were at a sustainable pace and kept going.

"Winning today and a silver medal last time, I’ll be a bit happier about that. The silver medal is nice but Fintan did the right job and we went straight to the top at his first Games.”

"I don’t think there was any moment of panic. We were kind happy out with our position, like. We often have a big sprint at the end if we need it. So, we knew if we were sitting level or even a bit behind, we could pull something off. We were eking out a bit of a finish before the end so that was good.

"Five years ago I rowed with the brother, I didn’t think too much about how I felt at the time, compared to how I’m feeling now.

"After winning gold medal here today, and a silver medal last time I probably am a little hit happier because, as a kid, you’re dreaming of winning a gold medal. A silver medal is nice but Fintan did the right job, straight to the top in his first Games so he must be pretty happy too."

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy