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Pacemaker Press 1/8/2012 Local Fans From L-R Connor McCracken , Laurie Shirlow and Ryan Hourican cheer on their heroes at Coleraine Baptist Church as Richard and Peter Chambers claimed a silver medal in a thrilling lightweight men's four final. The pair were part of the Great Britain rowing team which included Rob Williams and Chris Bartley. Although Great Britain had been the favourite to win, they were beaten by South Africa in an epic tussle, with Denmark clinching a bronze medal Pic Colm Lenagahn/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2012 Local Fan Connor McCracken cheer on his heroes at Coleraine Baptist Church as Richard and Peter Chambers claimed a silver medal in a thrilling lightweight men's four final. The pair were part of the Great Britain rowing team which included Rob Williams and Chris Bartley. Although Great Britain had been the favourite to win, they were beaten by South Africa in an epic tussle, with Denmark clinching a bronze medal Pic Colm Lenagahn/Pacemaker
Presseye Northern Ireland - 02nd August 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/PresseyeLondon 2012 Olympic Games - RowingColeraine's Richard Chambers shows his son Joshua the silver medal he won in the final of the Lightweight Four in the London 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012. ©Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Coleraine comes out in support of rowing brothers Richard and Peter Chambers. The brothers from the town were competing as part of the Great Britain rowing team which included Rob Williams and Chris Bartley in the lightweight men's four final at the London games. The GB team went on to win Silver. Supporters pictured at Coleraine Baptist church where they were showing the race on a big screen.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012. ©Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Coleraine comes out in support of rowing brothers Richard and Peter Chambers. The brothers from the town were competing as part of the Great Britain rowing team which included Rob Williams and Chris Bartley in the lightweight men's four final at the London games. The GB team went on to win Silver. Supporters pictured at Coleraine Baptist church where they were showing the race on a big screen.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012. ©Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Coleraine comes out in support of rowing brothers Richard and Peter Chambers. The brothers from the town were competing as part of the Great Britain rowing team which included Rob Williams and Chris Bartley in the lightweight men's four final at the London games. The GB team went on to win Silver. Supporters pictured at Coleraine Baptist church where they were showing the race on a big screen.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Team GB Lightweight Men's four Silver medalists (L-R) Chris Bartley, Richard Chamber, Rob Williams and Peter Chambers pose with their Silver Medals at Team GB House in Stratford on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comHundreds of people flock to Belfast city hall to watch the Chambers brothers clinch silver, they are Northern Ireland's first Olympic medallists of the London games, taking the silver in rowing.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comHundreds of people flock to Belfast city hall to watch the Chambers brothers clinch silver, they are Northern Ireland's first Olympic medallists of the London games, taking the silver in rowing.
Pacemaker Press 1/8/2012 Local Fans Connor McCracken and Laurie Shirlow cheer on their heroes at Coleraine Baptist Church as Richard and Peter Chambers claimed a silver medal in a thrilling lightweight men's four final. The pair were part of the Great Britain rowing team which included Rob Williams and Chris Bartley. Although Great Britain had been the favourite to win, they were beaten by South Africa in an epic tussle, with Denmark clinching a bronze medal Pic Colm Lenagahn/Pacemaker
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comHundreds of people flock to Belfast city hall to watch the Chambers brothers clinch silver, they are Northern Ireland's first Olympic medallists of the London games, taking the silver in rowing.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comHundreds of people flock to Belfast city hall to watch the Chambers brothers clinch silver, they are Northern Ireland's first Olympic medallists of the London games, taking the silver in rowing.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comHundreds of people flock to Belfast city hall to watch the Chambers brothers clinch silver, they are Northern Ireland's first Olympic medallists of the London games, taking the silver in rowing.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2nd August 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comHundreds of people flock to Belfast city hall to watch the Chambers brothers clinch silver, they are Northern Ireland's first Olympic medallists of the London games, taking the silver in rowing.
Presseye Northern Ireland - 02nd August 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/PresseyeLondon 2012 Olympic Games - RowingThe Chambers family (from left) Joshua and Abi,(Peters wife and child) mum Gillian, dad Eric and sister Rebekah celebrate the silver medal Richard and Peter won in the final of the Lightweight Four in the London 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney.
Presseye Northern Ireland - 02nd August 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/PresseyeLondon 2012 Olympic Games - RowingThe Chambers family (from left) Joshua and Abi,(Peters wife and child) mum Gillian, dad Eric and sister Rebekah celebrate the silver medal Richard and Peter won in the final of the Lightweight Four in the London 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney.
Fans applaud at Coleraine Baptist church in Coleraine, as local brothers Richard and Peter Chambers and Rob Williams and Chris Bartley won Great Britain's fourth Olympic silver medal in the lightweight men's four rowing at Eton Dorney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 2, 2012. Photo credit should read: Mark Jamieson/PA Wire
Noarh Flanaghan reacts at Coleraine Baptist church in Coleraine, as local brothers Richard and Peter Chambers and Rob Williams and Chris Bartley won Great Britain's fourth Olympic silver medal in the lightweight men's four rowing at Eton Dorney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 2, 2012. Photo credit should read: Mark Jamieson/PA Wire
Fans of local brothers Richard and Peter Chambers cheer at Coleraine Baptist church in Coleraine, as they and Rob Williams and Chris Bartley won Great Britain's fourth Olympic silver medal in the lightweight men's four rowing at Eton Dorney. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 2, 2012. Photo credit should read: Mark Jamieson/PA Wire
Great Britain's (left to right) Chris Bartley, Richard Chambers, Rob Williams and Peter Chambers in win silver the final of the lightweight men's four at Eton Dorney Rowing Lake, Windsor.
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Silver medal winners Peter and Richard Chambers put friends and family through an emotional roller-coaster yesterday.

The race for Olympic glory was almost too much to bear for some of the fans back home who were glued to their TV screens during the nail-biting final of the men's lightweight fours.

Hundreds of people squeezed into Coleraine Baptist Church, the brothers local place of worship - and many more watched the bog screens at Belfast City Hall.

Friends of the Chambers family — who are prominent figures in the church — gathered from early morning to secure their seat in front of the big screen.

Their mother, Gillian, said silver was a fantastic result.

"I am completely delighted," she said. "That was a ridiculously tough race. It was amazing, I am so proud. I hope they are not disappointed. At that level that achievement is just too fantastic to consider it a disappointment.

"It was an unbelievably tough race. If they are disappointed, I will be disappointed with them. I think they will be very proud of what they have done."

Older brother Richard, 27, was called the wrong name during the medal ceremony, when the stadium announcer introduced him as "Richard Williams".

His mother laughed off the gaffe. "We know who he is, that's all the matters to us," she said.



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