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Piers Morgan has taken the rare step of issuing an apology to a teenage Olympian after he took to Twitter to take a swipe at her for winning a silver medal.
The TV presenter took aim at Keely Hodgkinson after she clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, breaking the previous British record set by Dame Kelly Holmes in the 1995 games 800 metres.
He quote tweeted a follower who asked him if he stood by his definition that the 19-year-old was a "loser" for winning a silver medal.
Over the last few weeks, the 56-year-old former Good Morning Britain presenter has used Twitter to share his views that winning anything less than gold is a "celebration of failure."
Responding, he wrote: "I'm sorry that facts make you vomit. Self-evidently, if you don't win a race, you lose it. And Keeley lost to someone the same age as her.
“But great to see her break the British record and I hope she now works even harder & wins Gold at Paris in 2024.”
But the teen olympian put the outspoken personality in his place, responding to simply correct his misspelling of her name.
Her reply racked up almost 3000 likes.
And in a shocking turn of events, Piers apologised for his typo.
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"Haha, my apologies Keely," he wrote. "Great run today but I’m sure you share my view that winning would have been even better…”
Other Twitter users shared their views on Piers' comments on silver and bronze medal winners.
"Have you ever done any sport in your whole life? It doesn't sound like it. She's 19 and has just won Olympic Silver! It's something to celebrate, purely something to celebrate," one wrote.
Last week, Piers said "real sporting champions don't celebrate coming 3rd" in an online debate with football star Gary Lineker on Twitter.
He wrote: “Getting a lot of Silver and Bronze medal-winning Olympians berating me for saying only Gold matters. But no Gold medal-winners. Funny that!"
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