CBC announcer calls entire Olympic event as though Ryan Lochte is winning instead of Michael Phelps. Oh, Canada.pic.twitter.com/ldae5E4sCQ— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) August 12, 2016
Michael Phelps beat his rival countryman Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley, thereby becoming the first swimmer to win four successive Olympic gold medals in one event as well as his 22nd gold medal.
Meanwhile, Lochte finished in fifth place, which marked the end his journey in Rio.
However, if you were a CBC viewer, the conclusion of the race appeared drastically different.
Elliotte Friedman, an announcer for the Canadian news network, confused Lochte’s lane with Phelps’ and kept cheering Lochte for getting ahead.
“Finally he’s going to do it!” Friedman exclaimed. “Ryan Lochte is going to beat Michael Phelps in this event in the games, and Phelps might not even make the podium!”
However, Friedman was mistaken because it was Phelps, not Lochte, who was leading the race by a wide margin.
When Phelps emerged from the pool as the winner, the announcer quickly apologized on air, saying, “I apologize. I got my lanes mixed up. Phelps, with the gold.”
He also admitted his mistake in a tweet:
I'm sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 12, 2016