Team USA dominated the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning both the overall medal count and gold medal tally, but Chinese state media has altered those figures in a way to assert itself as the gold medal leader.
Images from the Chinese social media platform, Weibo, and China Central Television have circulated on Twitter this week showing an altered medal count that includes hardware taken home by Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to multiple reports.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 8, 2021
China's state-owned media is embellishing the country's Olympic medal count by including Hong Kong & Taiwan.
The official medal count:
USA – 39 Gold, 113 total
China – 38 Gold, 88 total pic.twitter.com/9EXHnyg85z
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) August 11, 2021
China declares itself the winner of 2020 Olympics after altering medal count…
- Chinese state media has declared the country the winners of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after claiming medals won by Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau
- Although these are Chinese territories, they govern and compete separately from mainland China
- China earned 38 gold, 32 silver, and 18 bronze for a total of 88 medals but are claiming 41 gold, 37 silver, and 27 bronze for an accumulative 106 medals
- According to the International Olympic Committee, Team USA took first place with 39 gold medals, 41 silver medals, and 33 bronze for a total of 113 medals