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Gwen Berry raised a fist twice before the hammer thrower started her competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night.
Berry recorded a 71.35 in the hammer throw but finished far from the podium. She finished in 11th out of 12 competitors. Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk won the gold medal and Malwina Kopron won the bronze medal. China’s Wang Zheng won the silver.
(Raven Saunders raised an ‘X’ over her head on the medal podium. (AP))
“I think it’s ridiculous that the IOC is really paying attention to that only because she did it towards the end of everything,” she said. “They literally took their picture, she literally respected everybody on the podium. It was right before they were going off the podium (that she raised her arms and made an X) at the end. I feel she should not be punished so I hope the USOPC supports her and fights for her so she keeps her medal and she’s supported.”
Berry admitted she was “bummed” over her performance and that she wouldn’t be bringing home a medal for the U.S. She finished third in her group in the qualification round with a 73.19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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