Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Olympic Chambers boys have fans gnawing nails across Northern Ireland

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
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Qingfeng Lin of China competes during the Men's 69kg Weightlifting Final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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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