Wrong National Anthem Plays as Russian Athlete Wins Boston Marathon
Organizers of Boston Marathon has played wrong anthem as Russian Lidiya Grigoryeva won the race and accepted her trophy on Monday, the Associated Press reported.
Grigoryeva said she was too caught up in the moment to notice.But Russians in Boston watching the race and others watching on television were horrified to hear the wrong anthem for the second time since another Russian woman won in 2003.
â€œThis, once again, shows how America does not understand the rest of the world,â€ said an Oleg Kotlyarevsky, a Russian magazine reporter. â€œWhen presidents arrive, they have the anthem. But when athletes win, it is the wrong anthem.â€
â€œIf we did, then thatâ€™s a mistake on our part and we are sorry,â€ Boston Athletics Association Jack Fleming said.
The anthem played was the one used only between 1996-2000.
Russia reverted to the Soviet-era melody in 2000, but replaced the words with new lyrics written by Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov the same person who wrote the lyrics to the old Soviet anthem.
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