Two Chinese athletes have taken to social media after it appeared that their gold medals were flaking, leaving large blemishes.
Women’s trampoline champion, Zhu Xueying and men’s 200m individual medley swimming winner, Wang Shun reported that the fragments of the medals appeared to be falling off.
The pair took to Chinese social media site Weibo with the claims, where they were then inundated with shocked messages from the public.
“Let me clarify this… I didn’t mean to peel the thing off at first, I just discovered that there was a small mark on my medal,” she wrote.
“I thought that it was probably just dirt, so I rubbed it with my finger and found that nothing changed, so then I picked at it and the mark got bigger.”
Wang reported the same and said, “I dare not to pick at it any more”.
However, Zhu said she does not intend to ask for a substitute as she sees it as a memento of her efforts.
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