Tennis player Andy Murray won his second gold medal in the men’s singles competition on Sunday night in Rio, an amazing feat. He even had some energy left over to fact-check a journalist from the BBC during the post match interview.
Reporter John Inverdale caught up with the gold medal winner and asked him this question:
“You’re the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. That’s an extraordinary feat, isn’t it?”
That would be a great comment, if it were true. Murray is the first tennis player to win two gold medals back to back in singles competition, yes, but the reporter was conveniently leaving out two of the greatest athletes to compete in the sport. And Murray wasn’t going to let that slide.
“I think Venus and Serena [Williams] have won about four [gold medals] each.”
Murray is entirely correct; both Venus and Serena have each won one gold singles medal and three for the doubles competition. Watch the exchange here:
The reporter, John Inverdale, has a bit of a history when it comes to sexists remarks. His remarks about 2013 Wimbledon star Marion Bartoli drew criticism, and it is easy to see why:
“I just wonder if her dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14 maybe, ‘Listen, you are never going to be, you know, a looker.”
Murray made news when he decided to name French tennis star Amelie Mauresmo his coach, making him the first prominent male tennis player to hire a female coach. Together the pair won seven trophies. He is a self-described feminist. His comments drew praise from all over the world, including fellow Scot and politician Nicola Sturgeon:
Yet another reason to love Andy Murray… https://t.co/qWPaIIkNmx
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 15, 2016
Congratulations on your gold medal Andy Murray, and for being a first class human being.
Feature image via YouTube screengrab