Friday 28 October 2016

A 99lbs Olympic gymnast has been body-shamed on Twitter

Published 11/08/2016 | 12:00

Alexa Moreno
Alexa Moreno

It's not often that you hear an Olympic gymnast being mocked for her weight.

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And yet that's what a number of Twitter trolls took pleasure in after Mexico's Alexa Moreno showed off her skills in Rio.

Weighing just 99 pounds, Moreno was compared to a pig and told she should have gone on a diet before attending the Games.

More sensible members of the Twitterati have scoffed at attempts to body-shame the athlete.

A number of the nasty tweets have since been deleted.

Moreno ended qualification in 31st place and did not secure a place in the final on Thursday night (EST).

She has represented Mexico in gymnastics for several years and in 2014 finished seventh in the vault final at the world championships.

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