Olympic swimmers barely keep it together after Clare Balding compliments 'third leg'
"Did she really just say that?"
Hindsight's a fine thing isn't it. I'm sure if Clare Balding had her time again she may have used a different turn of phrase when interviewing British swimmer Tom Dean and Matthew Richards following their stunning 4x200 meter relay win.
The duo won gold in the event alongside James Guy and Duncan Scott, in a brilliant race. And Balding was particularly full of praise for Richards' performance.
Speaking to the pair on the BBC, Balding almost had the two swimmers in stitches when she complimented Richards on his 'phenomenal third leg.'
The broadcasting legend said: "Matt, you’re 18 years old, it’s your first Olympics, and you swam — honestly, your third leg was just phenomenal."
Of course, she was referring to the Richards swimming the third section of the race for the British team, but the double entendre was clearly not lost on the pair.
ICYMI - Clare Balding quizzing swimmers about their third leg pic.twitter.com/BQAgfZgIrL
— Ollie Samuels (@OllieSamuels) July 29, 2021
Many couldn't get enough of the unfortunately phrased question on Twitter either.
One user wrote: "Laughing away at Clare Balding telling the swimmer he has a phenomenal third leg..."
— badge (@mrbadger71) July 28, 2021
Another said: "When has she seen his 'phenomenal' third leg?"
A third added: "Properly enjoyed Tom Dean and Matthew Richards speaking to Clare this evening after that amazing relay final, Matt’s phenomenal third leg and Tom trying not to laugh at words third leg."
Laughing away at Claire Balding telling that swimmer he has a phenomenal third leg...😳#bbcolympics
— Dave of Meadowbank (@DJay6000) July 28, 2021
Properly enjoyed Tom Dean and Matthew Richards speaking to Clare this evening after that amazing relay final, Matt’s phenomenal third leg and Tom trying not to laugh at words third leg #Olympics pic.twitter.com/8hEfp9LTR6
— Melissa Johnson (@bella__mela) July 28, 2021
You just can't beat a good old classic innuendo can you?