John Inverdale left red-faced after another Olympic on-air gaffe

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BBC presenter John Inverdale has turned his attention away from the rowing at the Lagoa Stadium for the meantime after an ongoing spat with co-presenter Sir Steve Redgrave.

Yet, it seems that he can't get away from embarrassment after being corrected on his research by Andy Murray during an interview with the Scotsman following his gold medal victory for the second consecutive Olympics.

It was a tiresome match for many of us Brits at home to watch, as Murray's final encounter with Argentina's Juan del Potro entered the early hours of Monday morning.


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In a thrilling tie, Murray finally prevailed as the 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5 winner, where he finally stood ahead of his Argentine counterpart on the podium. 

Murray spoke to the BBC's Inverdale after the match, who himself has had a colourful Olympic broadcasting experience this summer. 

Opening the interview, the at-home rugby reporter said: "You're the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. That's an extraordinary feeling, isn't it?" 

But Murray was swift to correct Inverdale by stating the Williams sisters had actually done it before.

He said: "Well to defend a singles title, erm, but I think Venus and Serena [Williams] have won it about four each, but haven't defended a singles title before, so, yeah, obviously it's not an easy thing to do."

You can watch the video below.

Soon after his error, hundreds of Twitter users, including world-renowned Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, blasted Inverdale.

The 58-year-old broadcaster is no stranger to making blunders where tennis is concerned.

Inverdale once said former Wimbledon women's singles champion Marion Bartoli was "never going to be a looker", sparking mass controversy. 

It's not the first time Inverdale has made a fool of himself in Rio either. His ongoing feud with Sir Steve Redgrave at the rowing has turned many TV viewers back home against him. 

The row sparked when former Olympic rower Steve Redgrave stormed off set on Thursday and failed to return, according to The Sun, after Inverdale referred to Redgrave as 'Oddjob', from the James Bond films, to which Redgrave responded with: "We'll have to call you jaws because I can never get a word in edgeways!"

Later, Redgrave had reportedly shaken his wet umbrella over Inverdale's head, which left him "fuming and livid." 

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