LARRY RYAN: Gaffes of the Games

1. Ailis McSweeney revealed Derval O’Rourke’s preparations in intimate detail: “She was in her own bed with her coaches in comfortable surroundings until two days ago.”

2. RTÉ commentator blew the whistle on women’s hockey scandal: “The Dutch are down to 10 men.”

3. Mick Dowling KO’d by diction: “John Joe Nevin is a good thinker, with a ‘t-h’…”

4. Bill O’Herlihy was being a bit of a shuttlecock: “In my day, badminton was a mainly Protestant sport.”

5. It worked every which way for Jimmy Magee: “Roger Milla was double the age of these two guys, probably the same age as the two of them put together.”

6. Denise Lewis lifted the siege of Ennis: “Jess was absolutely under pressure. She doesn’t tend to wear her shirt on her sleeve.”

7. Tony O’Donoghue worried about Derval: “She’s weakening a bit strongly.”

8. Colin Jackson decried controversial relay tactics: “Jamaica have relied on their athletes being faster than anyone else in that race.”

9. Billo: “Why have the Kenyan men won the steeplechase nine times and the women never have?”

Jerry Kiernan: “It was only introduced four years ago.”

10. Tim Henman’s backhand compliment: “Murray’s play from the baseline has forced Federer into the unforced errors.”


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