After enraging Team GB fans, Piers Morgan was compelled to apologize to Keely Hodgkinson for his error.
Piers Morgan made an awful gaffe on Twitter when criticizing Keely Hodgkinson.
Piers Morgan was chastised by Keely Hodgkinson after he downplayed her 800m silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Despite a fantastic effort that smashed the British record, Morgan indicated Hodgkinson was a loser on social media.
With a time of one minute 55.88 seconds, the 19-year-old broke Dame Kelly Holmes’ record, finishing second to Team USA’s Athing Mu.
Mu, who was 19 at the time, won the women’s 800m in 1:55.21, breaking the US record and becoming the first American woman to win the event since Madeline Manning in 1968.
As she passed the finish line, Hodgkinson was taken aback when she realized she had won silver, capping off a remarkable breakthrough season.
She won the indoor 800m title in March, just ahead of the Olympics, before defeating Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir at the British trials earlier in the summer.
Despite Hodgkinson’s outstanding performance in Tokyo, Piers Morgan expressed his displeasure on Twitter on Tuesday.
“I’m sorry that facts make you vomit,” he tweeted in response to a viewer who chastised him for his description of a “loser.”
“It goes without saying that if you don’t win a race, you lose it. And Keeley came up short against someone her age.
“However, it’s fantastic to see her surpass the British record, and I hope she now trains even harder to win gold at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.”
I’m sorry if facts make you throw up. It goes without saying that if you don’t win a race, you lose it.
And Keeley came up short against someone her age.
But it’s fantastic to see her surpass the British record, and I hope she trains even harder now to win gold in Paris in 2024. https://t.co/YRJsDJ3gtm
Morgan’s tweet enraged followers, who chastised him in the comments section for attempting to “discredit” her incredible feat.
A few hours later, Morgan was retweeted by the teen athlete, who answered with a short but loving message of her own.
In his first tweet, the former Good Morning Britain host misspelled Hodgkinson’s name.
She made a point of correcting his error by saying, “Keely*.”
Morgan quickly apologized for misreading Hodgkinson’s name in his initial tweet.
He made it clear, though, that despite adding a silver medal to her incredible year, she would have preferred more.
Morgan tweeted, “Haha, my apologies Keely.”
“You had a great run today, but I’m sure you agree with me that winning would have been better.”