Filipino sprinters Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson may have clinched the gold medals in their respective 100-metre events on Tuesday (Jun 9) but what caught fans’ attention was the flag on their track attires – it was sewn upside down.
The inverted flag, with the red rather than blue side on top, sparked a minor outcry back home. The flag is only flown upside down when the country is at war.
Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) chief Philip Ella Juico blamed the inverted flag on a "supplier error" that is now being corrected.
"This minor lapse should not detract from the fact that our athletics team is performing in an outstanding manner and is doing the country proud," he said.
Both athletes are of Filipino heritage despite having spent most of their lives in the United States. Cray won his event in 10.25 seconds, while Richardson clocked 11.76s.