After winning the men’s singles event in the Rio Olympics 2016, English tennis star Andy Murray has won the hearts of feminists all over the world. Murray received worldwide praise when he corrected a BBC presenter who overlooked the Olympic achievements of the Williams sisters.
According to a report by ABC, John Inverdale of the BBC found himself corrected when he introduced Murray as the “first person ever to win two Olympic gold medals (in tennis)”. Murray promptly corrected him and said that both Williams sisters have actually won four gold medals each.
“Well, (first) to defend the singles title … I think Venus and Serena won about four each,” replied Murray. In fact, Inverdale could have saved himself the embarrassment if he had not missed out the small detail that Murray was the first to win two gold medals “back-to-back” in singles competition.
To say that he is the first person to win two gold medals is incorrect since it is true that Venus Williams and her sister Serena have won a gold medal each in the singles division back in 2000 and 2012. They have also won gold medals together when they played doubles in Sydney, Beijing and London. Therefore, they each have four Olympic gold medals.
Spectators worldwide quickly praised Murray for reminding the presenter about the women’s achievements. The media coverage of the Rio Olympics 2016 has already been criticized heavily for having a sexist tome. Female athletes have often been referred to according to their marital status, number of children or appearance.
— Zarah Sultana (@zarahsultana) August 15, 2016
Andy Murray had to remind John Inverdale of basic tennis facts https://t.co/k3kzkdEhKr
— The Independent (@Independent) August 16, 2016
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 15, 2016
Earlier in the games, Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu found herself in the middle of a controversy after winning a gold medal. Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC Olympic commentator Dan Hicks had to apologize after crediting her husband for her win. Other similar stories have surfaced regarding the media’s portrayal of female athletes. Murray’s reminder about the Williams sisters’ achievements stood out in comparison.