Tokyo Olympics: Erring Athlete Gets Temporary Ban on Instagram Over Post

Tokyo Olympics: Erring Athlete Gets Temporary Ban on Instagram Over Post

  • Elaine Thompson-Herah just wanted to share a special moment with her followers on Instagram but it backfired
  • The fastest woman in the world posted her races on Instagram and this resulted in her getting blocked because of TV rights
  • Her account has since been restored and due to Olympic policies, athletes are limited in what content they can post

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Jamaican sprinter and fastest woman in the world Elaine Thompson-Herah got into a little bit of trouble on social media recently.

In celebration of bagging gold medals, Thompson-Herah wanted to show her followers how she did it, but it resulted in her getting blocked from the app.

In Tokyo, the Jamaican sprinter successfully defended her Olympic championships from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, bringing her total Olympic gold medals to four from two Games. Her attempt to share, however, didn't go according to plan.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah, Instagram, blocked, TV rights, Facebook
Elaine Thompson-Herah shared her races on Instagram and was temporarily blocked. Image: Christian Petersen
Source: UGC

Thompson-Herah said:

"I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic (sic) because I did not own the right to do so. So see y'all in 2 days."

Because the International Olympic Committee owns the intellectual property associated with the Olympic Games, athletes and other credentialed personnel are limited in what they can post to their social media profiles, including some photographs and videos from the Games.

A representative for Facebook, Instagram's parent company, confirmed that a video had been removed, but that Thompson-account Herah's had been suspended inadvertently according to New York Times.

African athlete sets new record in Womens 1500m

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon earned the country her second gold of the Tokyo Olympics, thanks to an emphatic performance in the women’s 1500m finals.

Kipyegon was too powerful for pre-race favourite Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who finished third after a slight mishap in her steps in the final 200 metres.

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Thanks to her time of 3:53:11, the Kenyan enjoyed double delight as her victory also meant she had broken a 33-year-old record in the races, which was previously held by Romanian Paula Ivan (3:53.11).

Peres Jepchirchir wins gold earlier reported that Kenya once again shone at the Tokyo Olympics thanks to a much-deserved victory by Peres Jepchirchir in the women’s marathon.

Jepchirchir did superbly in the closing moments to beat world record holder Brigid Kosgei to win the race in 2 hours, 27 seconds.

Israel's Lonah Chemtai stopped her race in the final five kilometres when it looked like she would scoop bronze, which was eventually won by American Molly Seidel in 27 minutes 46 seconds.

Source: Legit

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