A Co Down man has made history by capturing the title of world ploughing champion — a year after his identical twin brother managed the same feat.
Speaking on his return from Austria, Samuel Gill, from Listooder, said it was the first time in the history of the World Ploughing Championship that two brothers had won the contest back to back.
Last year, his twin brother David took the honours in Lithuania but was not selected to compete this year as Samuel won the Northern Ireland championship last autumn, pipping David by just two points.
“David sent me a message when I was over there — he’s over the moon and he’s delighted for me. My brother Richard who was over with me kept pushing me and said keep at it,” Samuel said.
“It’s the first time it’s ever been won back to back by two brothers. I was delighted when I was standing on stage and looked down and saw the Northern Ireland supporters going clean mad.”
It was a double triumph for Northern Ireland as former world champion Thomas Cochrane from Coleraine took third place after competing in the reversible classes.
Samuel said he went over to Austria two weeks ahead of the contest to become accustomed to the very different soil conditions — and it paid off.