Controversy is spreading in China over the results of the men’s individual gymnastics competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Chinese netizens are posting a mockery of the allegation that the gold medal was withdrawn due to Japan’s biased judgment.
According to SNS (social networking service) such as Weibo and Twitter on the 30th, along with hashtags such as #TokyoOlympics and #Hashimoto, articles expressing dissatisfaction with the judgment of the men’s individual gymnastics competition are being posted every day.
Chinese netizens are criticizing Japan’s Hashimoto Daiki, who won the gold medal in this match, by comparing the landing scene with China’s Xiao and synthesizing various scenes or making a video.
A local netizen posted a photo capturing Hashimoto’s landing mistake, saying, “Japan almost fell, but I won the gold medal with 14.7 points.” The post received nearly 200,000 likes and more than 12,000 comments.
Another netizen sarcastically said, “The gymnastics referee was really funny. In addition, they criticized Japan with reactions such as “The thing I admire the most at this Olympics”, “The gold medal was stolen”, and “Japan is sinking”.
The Global Times, a local state-run media, also reported that “Xiao missed the gold medal because he lacked 0.4 points.”
The controversial men’s individual gymnastics event was held on the 28th. In the individual all-around, the winner is determined by adding up six events including floor exercise, massage, ring, board, parallel bar, and iron bar.
Coincidentally, Xiao of China, who did not make a mistake, also scored 14.7 points. Hashimoto’s overall score was 88.465 points, and Xiao received 88.065 points, and the medal color changed by 0.4 points.
In an interview with People’s Daily after the match, the deputy head of the Chinese gymnastics team said, “Xiao congratulated Hashimoto on winning the award,” but the controversy continued.
Hashimoto eventually posted on his Instagram on the 29th, “I think that winning the gold medal is because of the people around me, including the help of my family and coach.” C. The deduction items are clearly specified.”
Japanese netizens who saw this showed reactions such as “Don’t apologize. The organizing committee must protect the players”, “The result was justified”, “Congratulations”, “I support you”.