Piers Morgan and Gary Lineker reignite twitter spat over the importance winning in sport

This morning’s news of Alistair Brownlee helping his exhausted brother across the finish line in the Triathlon World Series in Mexico sparked thousands of admiring tweets from onlookers across the world.

For historic bickerers Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan, however, the heart-warming story also proved a perfect opportunity to land another dig across the social media ether.

The flames were reignited after Morgan’s initial tweet praising the Brownlees’ “brotherly love”.

Prompting Lineker’s response, referencing Morgan’s claim during the Rio Olympics that any athlete who hadn’t won gold had effectively “underachieved”.

Things then took a slightly more pointed turn when Morgan reverted to his former position:

and Lineker responded in kind…

Defending his earlier point, Morgan stated that “My only complaint was the modern tendency to celebrate losing. I would always celebrate brotherly love,” before Lineker reminded him: “For many, finishing 2nd or 3rd or even just competing is worthy of celebration. Depends on circumstances.”

And Morgan rebuffed him…

Morgan, a passionate Arsenal supporter, has often found himself at the sharp end of the pundit’s wit, and Lineker was quick to question Morgan’s thinking by highlighting the recent achievements of the Egyptian Palalympic table tennis star Ibrahim Hamadtou.

Morgan rebuffed Lineker’s example, stating: “Admiration, yes. But why call him a ‘Winner’ he if didn’t win? Just patronising.”

And it didn’t end there…

And again…

And (yet) again…

Ad infinitum.

Still – at least there’s one thing they agree on: the Brownlee brothers’ efforts in Mexico were admirable for a variety of reasons. And in the end, doesn’t that make everyone a winner?

Well – not for Piers.

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