BBC forced to apologise as Olympic fans fume as silver medal not shown live

The BBC were forced to apologise after they missed Kye Whyte win Team GB's first-ever medal in the BMX on Friday morning.

Whyte secured silver in the men's BMX final just moments before Bethany Shriever took gold for Team GB in the women's BMX final.

However, viewers who were watching the coverage on BBC One were not able to view the historic moment live.

Instead, BBC One were showing the women's lightweight boxing bout between Team GB's Caroline Dubois and USA's Rashida Ellis.

And JJ Chalmers, who was presenting for the BBC, was forced to apologise before they showed the footage of the race.

"We've given the game away. We are very sorry that we didn't get to show Kye Whyte's race live on BBC One," Chalmers said as he addressed the issue.

"It was on the red button, but there's been a bit of a timing issue. There have been some delays in the schedule as well. We know he gets a silver, but here's how he did it."

The 21-year-old from Peckham finished behind Niek Kimmann, of the Netherlands, at around 4:30am this morning.

He was then cheering on Shriever, from behind the finish line, as the 22-year-old went one better than Whyte by winning gold.

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One fan tweeted: "Have to say though, BBC really messed up with the coverage of Kye Whyte's medal performance. It was not on live.

"They put on the boxing instead on BBC One, then on the red button where BMX was supposed to be, the athletics women's heats of 100m was on instead! Shambles."

"How they showed a boxing QF compared to a silver medal win in the men's BMX final was shocking," another commented.

A third fumed: "@BBC coverage of the Olympics this year has been a joke…just missed mens BMX final on as they had Boxing on the one iPlayer channel."

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BMX was introduced to the Olympics at the Beijing games in 2008.

Shanaze Reade had been Team GB's big hope for a first BMX medal at London 2012, however, she failed to make the podium finishing a disappointing sixth.

Reade was on commentary for both races, and Whyte's race was eventually shown on the BBC's flagship channel at around 5:00am.

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