Sean Hannity Happy U.S. Athlete Gwen Berry 'Fell Flat' at Toyko Olympics

Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared happy that Team USA athlete Gwen Berry failed to win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday.

The host hit out at Berry, a Black hammer thrower, during his show Hannity on August 3.

He also claimed that Berry, who has previously protested against racial injustice by turning away from the U.S. flag, "clearly doesn't seem to love this country"—an assertion the 32-year-old athlete has repeatedly denied.

During the segment, the Fox News host said: "Yet another Olympic athlete who clearly doesn't seem to love the country she's representing fell flat in the Olympics this week as track and field participant Gwen Berry failed to medal in the hammer throw.

"Now—following that flag stunt during the Olympics trials in June—now thankfully there are other inspirational American success stories to cover like wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock, [who] won gold in Tokyo."

Hannity, 59, added: "She delivered a message about the greatness of America and how much she loves living in this great country. Made me proud."

Berry has previously strongly denied that she hates the U.S., explaining that she has made protests in favor of greater racial equality.

After she turned her back on the Stars and Stripes when the U.S. national anthem started to play after her Olympic qualifier on June 26, Berry explained her stance on social media.

Thank you! I never said I hated this country! People try to put words in my mouth but they can’t. That’s why I speak out. I LOVE MY PEOPLE. ✊🏾 https://t.co/fbKB5d9H2I

— Gwen Berry OLY (@MzBerryThrows) June 28, 2021

In a June 28 tweet, Berry wrote: "I never said I hated this country. People try to put words in my mouth but they can't. That's why I speak out. I love my people."

In Tokyo this week, Berry qualified for the hammer final, but finished 11th out of 12 with a best throw of 71.35 meters.

Her performance was leapt on by conservative commentators in the U.S., criticizing her previous statements that the national anthem "doesn't speak for me. It never has."

She is not the only U.S. athlete to draw ire from figures on the right, with Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield saying he "took pleasure" in seeing the country's men's basketball and women's soccer teams lose.

In a segment captioned "the woke Olympics," Stinchfield said he was delighted at the surprise defeats.

He said: "I found myself rooting against not just Megan Rapinoe and her merry band of America-hating female soccer players."

Stinchfield added: "I took pleasure in the men's basketball Team USA's first team loss since 2004."

Newsweek has contacted Fox News and Gwen Berry for comment.

Gwen Berry finished 11th out of 12
Gwen Berry of Team USA competes in the hammer final at the Tokyo Olympics on August 3. She finished 11th out of 12. Patrick Smith / Staff/Getty