Lonely Planet Writer

We're McLovin' this Australian badminton player's fast food feast in Rio

An Australian badminton player in Rio de Janeiro has posted a photo on Facebook, depicting a scene that comes the closest most of us will ever get to living the life of an Olympian. Sawan Serasinghe shared this picture of what can only be described as the ultimate McDonald’s fast food feast, after he lost his Olympic men’s doubles match with teammate Matthew Chau against Chinese Taipei.

Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe posted a photo of his fast food feast following his team's defeat in Rio. Image: Sawan Serasinghe
Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe posted a photo of his fast food feast following his team’s defeat in Rio. Image: Sawan Serasinghe

Athletes are known for their hard work and clean eating, so the sight of Sawan’s feast of two Big Macs, two McChicken sandwiches, two hamburgers, four ten-piece McNuggets, six orders of fries and six brownies was surprising. He obviously didn’t get those great abs by making a habit on bingeing on fast food, but he was making an exception and was consoling himself with comfort food after his team’s defeat.

Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe were defeated in Rion: Image: Badminton World Federation
Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe were defeated in Rion: Image: Badminton World Federation

Depending on how strenuous their training regimen is, Olympic athletes have been known to consume up to 10,000 calories per day. McDonald’s has an outlet within the Olympic Village, but don’t worry about Sawan racking up a huge bill as the food is given away to athletes for free by the fast food giant. Racking up huge calories is another matter – that delicious little feast came to approximately 9300 calories.

Sawan is not the only athlete with a penchant for Ronald McDonald’s finest, because, after the 2008 Olympics, track star Usain Bolt famously revealed that he ate 100 McNuggets per day and 1000 over his ten-day stay in Beijing. That was to fuel him during his three gold medal wins, while Sawan’s feast was aimed at consoling him after his disappointment. Every cloud and all that. “Have to say I am disappointed about the match today,” he wrote. “Now it’s time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean!”