This just in, China have declared themselves winners of the 2021 Olympic Games after altering their medal count...
According to photos online, Chinese state media declared the nation winners of the 2020/21 Tokyo games, after embellishing their medal count to claim more golds than Team USA.
While the photos of Chinese state media say one thing, the official International Olympic Committee say another, with them crowning the United States as winners, taking home 39 gold medals, 41 silver medals, and 33 bronze for a total of 113 medals.
China earned 38 gold medals, 32 silver medals, and 18 bronze medals for a total of 88 medals. However, just a week after the end of the Olympics, images posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, and China Central Television have circulated which show an altered medal count - with China also claiming medals won by Hong Kong and Taiwan.
All 339 medals have been awarded!
The #USA top the medal table, edging China on the last day with 39 gold medals. 🔝
They also take home more medals than any other country with a total of 113. 🥇🥈🥉#Tokyo2020 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/EuBHyL7yPu
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) August 8, 2021
By adding Hong Kong and Taiwan's medals, China's self-claimed medal count jumped to 41 gold, 37 silver, and 27 bronze for an accumulative 106 medals.
Taiwan themselves took 34th place in the Olympics with just two gold medals, four silver medals, and six bronze medals for a total of 12.
Hong Kong placed 49th in the Olympics with only one gold medal, two silver medals, and three bronze medals for another total of 12 medals.
However it all came down to the final day when Team USA women's volleyball and women's basketballs won their games to bring in the final gold medals that topped off the count and solidified the win for the United States.
Susanne Lyons, chair of the USOPC, said:
We are thrilled by the performance of Team USA at the Tokyo Games - and couldn't be more proud of the way they carried themselves. These Games are one for the history books.
China boosts Olympic gold medal count by lumping in Hong Kong, Taiwan https://t.co/pKv4th2Fb3 pic.twitter.com/0BTqqRRV2x
— New York Post (@nypost) August 10, 2021
Regardless of state television, most of the world is recognising the United States as the overall winners of the Olympics, despite the fact they didn't perform as well as they hoped...
But who's going to do it in 2024? Place your bets!