Andy Murray won his second gold medal on Sunday and just after a few minutes later. The UK tennis sensation promptly corrected a BBC presenter who mistakenly called him the ‘first person to win two gold medals’ in tennis.
Murray was quick to correct him, “Well, to defend the singles title. Venus and Serena [Williams] have won about four each.”
However, Murray after winning the final of the singles event had become the only player in history to win 2 Olympic single medals back-to-back. His comment to the BBC reporter won him praise from British lawmaker Jess Phillips and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
John Inverdale, the BBC presented who had asked this sexist question has been in news for his controversial takes on sportsperson in the past as well. In 2013, after Marion Bartoli’s Wimbledon victory in 2013, he told Radio 5 listeners, “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little ‘You’re never going to be a looker? You’ll never be a [Maria] Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.” He must have got a lesion on Sunday from the British tennis champion.