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Rio Olympics 2016: McDonald's puts limit on orders after athletes go overboard

Eric Murray and Hamish Bond pose with their large McDonald's order following their gold medal performance in Rio. Photo / Twitter
Eric Murray and Hamish Bond pose with their large McDonald's order following their gold medal performance in Rio. Photo / Twitter

Rowing gold medalists Eric Murray and Hamish Bond could be responsible for a McDonald's embargo on Rio athletes.

The pair, who won gold in the men's coxless pair last Thursday, posted a photo to Twitter shortly after their winning performance showing a wide spread of McDonald's burgers.

Eric Murray added the caption "we took orders".

Now, the McDonald's in the athletes' Olympic village has capped single orders to 20 items a person.


But the ban has nothing to do with Hamburglars, given the food is supplied free to athletes and coaches.

The fastest man in the world, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, also took to social media in week one to share a picture of his famous eight-pack next to a nine-pack of chicken nuggets.

Team USA were quick to jump on the burger bandwagon, with light flyweight boxer and bronze medallist Nico Hernandez tweeting he was a fan of the fries.


"They're giving us free food here in Rio at the Olympic Village," he said on Twitter.

Team Australia has also ordered its fair share of happy meals.

A Facebook photo of Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe sitting behind a spread of food reportedly totalling more than 8000 calories has garnered tens of thousands of likes on social media.

"Now it's time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean!" Serasinghe captioned the image, posted after he and doubles player Matt Chau lost their final pool match to Chinese Taipei.

Meanwhile, Sailor Stephanie Devaux-Lovell - representing the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia - posted a photo to Instagram of the long queue with the caption "Thought athletes were supposed to eat healthy".

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