Shot put champion Gong Lijiao quizzed about boyfriends and settling down into ‘a woman’s life’
Gong Lijiao with her gold medal.
Gong Lijiao is the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal in an Olympic field event. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock
Helen Davidson in Taipei
Fri 6 Aug 2021 12.44 BST
Last modified on Fri 6 Aug 2021 13.55 BST
The Chinese state media channel CCTV has been roundly criticised after a TV anchor described an Olympic medallist as a “manly woman” and asked her if she had plans for “a woman’s life”.
Gong Lijiao, 32, won a gold medal in the women’s shot put on Sunday with a personal best of 20.58 metres. It was the first gold medal in a field event for any Chinese athlete ever, and the first gold for an Asian athlete in shot put.
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