Row­ing brothers are world champs in the boat... and ‘sculling’ pints

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Deb­bie McCann deb­bie.mccann@mailon­sun­day.ie

IR­ISH Olympic medal­lists and brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan joked that a late-night booz­ing ses­sion helped them win the light­weight dou­ble sculls in the World Row­ing Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

In an­other clas­sic post-race in­ter­view the livewire pair sug­gested, with their tongues firmly in their cheeks, that the same night out re­sulted in one of the Nor­we­gian favourites be­ing sub­sti­tuted at the 11th hour.

The brothers were ex­u­ber­ant as they cel­e­brated gold in Bul­garia yes­ter­day.

The Olympic medal­lists, from Skibbereen, joked to RTÉ Sport how they headed away ‘early’ – at around 2am on the morn­ing of the race – in prepa­ra­tion for their ‘big day’.

The brothers later dis­cov­ered one of the Nor­we­gians was ‘buck­led’ by 3am and a de­ci­sion had al­ready been made to sub­sti­tute him.

Paul joked: ‘We were out on the town last night with them and we said it’s our big day to­mor­row, we need to be on form. We headed away early around 2am and we met the Nor­we­gians on the way in and they said by 3am Kristof­fer was buck­led and it was best to make the sub­sti­tu­tion then. Early this morn­ing he was still hung over.’

Nor­we­gian re­ports sug­gest Kristof­fer Brun had been sick since Fri­day with fever and stom­ach ul­cers. Nor­way was favourite in the race, but could only man­age fifth af­ter the ill­ness meant Brun had to be re­placed in the boat.

ju­bi­lant: Gary and Paul O’Donovan cel­e­brate gold in Bul­garia

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