‘Even Britain has more gold than us!’ China takes a jab at Team GB while blasting its own athletes over their poor medal count in Rio
China’s state media and sports fans have blasted the country’s Olympic athletes and organisers over their poor medal count in Rio de Janeiro.
The country is normally a powerhouse at the Summer Olympics – claiming the most or second-most gold medals at the last three Games heading into Rio – but sat in third place behind the US and Great Britain before Wednesday’s events.
The official Xinhua news service wasn’t satisfied with China’s tally of 17 gold medals with five days of events remaining, writing on Twitter: ”Even #GBR has one more gold than China.’
Xinhua probably wasn’t too happy when it learned Britain had won its 19th gold, putting it two ahead of China.
BigAl, East Anglia, United Kingdom, about 7 hours ago
This is not the first time that little England have kicked their backside. Look at history 100 years ago.
Si, Watford, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
What do they mean ‘even Britain’ we came forth in 2008 and third in 2012, sure 20 years ago in Atlanta we did shockingly bad but the last two games as well as this one we have done well. We have punched above our size in almost everything for centuries.
Supernova-444, Kent, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
So proud of our little island nation of 65 million people. We really are a special nation, and always punch above our weight. Really proud of Team GB!!
Andy Stone, Hull, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
Is it only me thinking that China athletes are STATE SPONSORED ( to do nothing but their sports) just like old USSR ; and therefore UNFAIR competition for all other athletes? Our athletes get little help and have to hold down normal jobs. The unfair STATE SPONSORSHIP of China athletes rank as unfair as those taking drugs – in my mind at least.
YABBA – DABADOO, AVIT, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
Who cares what China thinks?
HK Expat, Hong Kong, 13 hours ago
Some of the comments here are brilliant…”Great Britain”…your currency is a joke. Enjoy Brexit…you’ll be begging for Chinese investment. Enjoy your holidays in Butlin’s…peasant nation
Rupert, London, 13 hours ago
But at least we don’t eat dogs and have an appalling human rights record. We are after all a civilised society.
PjW, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
“Even Britain” has more medals than everyone else as well apart from the USA. Cruising to third place again. China will pick up more medals over the next few days and finish about six golds in front of us.
Clair Voyant, Ruislip Manor Middx UK, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago
Just because you have a trillion people doesn’t mean they will all rise to the top.
bill, nuneaton, 14 hours ago
It wasn’t a jab at us. It was a criticism of their own athletes. We should take it as a compliment, they know we are smashing them.