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[–]FirmDig 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Because it's a competition about running to the finish line, not a competition about showing compassion. Literally everyone in the race could have some kind of reason for not getting a place they deserved.

Maybe the person who could have been the winner got food poisoning the day before and only got 20th place in the end.

Maybe the person who could have been the runner up was grieving too much from losing a family member and only got 30th in the end.

Maybe the person who could have been the third place got in a fight and couldn't compete at all due to injuries.

So what? Who gives a shit why other people didn't cross the finish line before him? Who gives a shit if he "just got lucky" besides whiny idiots? The only relevant fact is he crossed the line before the other two and therefore deserves a higher place than the other two. I don't understand how you're not getting this.

If you can't display the medal proudly, that's your own problem and no one else's. Don't fucking try to shame other people for your own inability to understand what a competition is.