Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson Herah Blocked on Instagram for Posting Her Races

Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson Herah Blocked on Instagram for Posting Her Races

  • Elaine Thompson-Herah just wanted to share a special moment with her followers on Instagram but it backfired
  • The fastest woman in the world posted her races on Instagram and this resulted in her getting block because of TV rights
  • Her account has since been restored and due to Olympic policies, athletes are limited in what content they can post

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Jamaican sprinter and fastest woman in the world Elaine Thompson-Herah got into a little bit of trouble on social media recently. In celebration of bagging gold medals, Thompson-Herah wanted to show her followers how she did it, but it resulted in her getting blocked from the app.

In Tokyo, the Jamaican sprinter successfully defended her Olympic championships from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, bringing her total Olympic gold medals to four from two Games. Her attempt to share, however, didn't go according to plan.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah, Instagram, blocked, TV rights, Facebook
Elaine Thompson-Herah shared her races on Instagram and was temporarily blocked. Image: Christian Petersen
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"I was blocked on Instagram for posting the races of the Olympic (sic) because I did not own the right to do so. So see y'all in 2 days," said Thompson-Herah on Twitter.

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Because the International Olympic Committee owns the intellectual property associated with the Olympic Games, athletes and other credentialed personnel are limited in what they can post to their social media profiles, including some photographs and videos from the Games.

A representative for Facebook, Instagram's parent company, confirmed that a video had been removed, but that Thompson-account Herah's had been suspended inadvertently according to New York Times.

Team South Africa suffers a massive blunder during the relay

In other Olympics news, Briefly News reported that The Tokyo Olympics have been disappointing when it comes to Team South Africa and track.

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Citizens were hoping that things would be different when it came to the 4x100m relay but it was not to be as the baton was dropped, causing South Africa to not qualify for the next round.

After winning gold at the World Athletics Relay Championships in Poland, the South African squad of Clarence Munyai, Shaun Maswanganyi, Chederick van Wyk and Akani Simbine were significant medal contenders.

Munyai started the race for South Africa in lane seven in the scorching heat on Thursday, but the promising team could only get to the 100m mark before a baton incident, according to Sport24.

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Source: Briefly News

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