Olympic athletes grind for four years to prepare for the Olympics. The grind includes proper eating and training hard to get their bodies ready to perform at their best when it counts. But what happens when an athlete gets eliminated from competition?
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Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe eats—a lot.
Serasinghe and his partner were defeated before the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles in badminton. Obviously, the 22-year-old wanted to advance to the podium, but just making it to the Olympics was worth celebrating. So Serasinghe had his first cheat day in months and chowed down on a massive amount of McDonald’s fast food.
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His 8,000-calorie meal included 40 chicken nuggets, six burgers, six packs of fries, six brownies and a milkshake. Here’s what Serasinghe said in his Instagram post:
“Wow what a week it has been in Rio! Have to say I am disappointed about the match today. We definitely had a good chance to stretch the match to three sets toward the end of the second set but couldn’t close it out. We would have loved to end our first Olympic campaign with a win against a much higher ranked pair. Although having said that, there are lots of good things to learn from the matches in the last three days playing against more experienced pairs. Can’t wait to go back home to start training and keep on improving! Just want to say thanks again to everyone back home for the ongoing support. Definitely motivated me to fight hard on court every day! Now it’s time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean!”