'One more chapter of magnificence from the men from County Cork' - George Hamilton calls his first Irish gold at 11th Olympics

George Hamilton finally clocked up one first last night — he called an Irish Olympic gold 
'One more chapter of magnificence from the men from County Cork' - George Hamilton calls his first Irish gold at 11th Olympics

Fintan McCarthy, left, and Paul O'Donovan of Ireland cross the line to win the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls final at the Sea Forest Waterway during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

After thousands of football internationals, champions leagues ties and bread and butter league fixtures; 10 previous Olympic games as well as hundreds of athletics meets; the odd GAA match; millions of metaphors and flights of fancy; dozens of goals conceded due to premature chicken counting; and countless displays of sophisticated foreign language pronunciation; George Hamilton finally clocked up one first last night — he called an Irish Olympic gold.

And naturally George found the words.

Unlike the Skibbereen boys in the boat, George was on his own here, no sign of a co-commentator to help pace him through six gruelling minutes on the Sea Forest Waterway.

But as the nation held its breath 250 metres from the finish, George cranked up a gear as much as the Irish duo pulling towards history.

And here is how he called them home.

"Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy now have a decisive lead of a canvas. And they're on their way.

"250 metres to go and history is being made in Tokyo. it's Ireland from Germany for the gold medal in the lightweight men's double sculls.

"McCarthy and O'Donovan writing history for Ireland.

"Never before has Ireland won a gold medal in rowing. And this is going to be another historic day in the water for Irish rowing. 

"As Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan come home in front, their long consistent unbeaten record continued when it mattered most.

"They're home and hosed. They're ahead by a length. It's Ireland from Germany, history is made on the water in Tokyo. 

"Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan win gold.

"Gold for Ireland, gold for Ireland, silver for Germany, and the Italians come home in third place.

"And that is one more chapter of magnificence from the men from county Cork.

"Brilliant, sheer brilliance.

"No drama, no crisis, just one, two, three, quarters of the race. And when it mattered, they hit the front.

"When they got to the line, there was more than a length in it and that is as decisive as you could wish. 6 minutes 6.43 seconds was the winning time. It is not about records. It is about metal.

"The most precious metal of all is gold and that will soon be in the possession of Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan. Irish Olympic champions. 

"How wonderful it is to be able to say that."

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