Gwen Berry did not medal in the course of the ladies’s hammer throw finals on Tuesday. Berry completed in eleventh place out of twelve opponents, registering a distance of 71.35 meters.
The 32-year-old brought on a stir in the course of the medal ceremony on the Olympic trials in June. After profitable a bronze medal in the course of the occasion, Berry confronted the stands quite than the American flag, holding up a shirt that learn “Activist Athlete.”
Afterward, Berry stated she was “pissed” that “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed in the course of the celebration.
“If your historical past, the complete tune of the nationwide anthem,” Berry stated on Black Information Channel. “The third paragraph speaks to slaves in America — our blood being slain … all around the flooring.”
In July, earlier than the Olympics commenced, Berry pledged to “characterize the oppressed individuals” ought to she win a medal in Tokyo, including, “that’s been my message for the final three years.”
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Two years in the past, Berry staged a protest on the medals podium on the Pan-American Video games, elevating her fist in the course of the ceremony.