Global superpower China has explained away its disappointing medals haul at the Rio Olympic Games by noting a shift in the national mood and sporting policy.
Under the headline "How China charmed the world," the state-owned Xinhua news agency highlighted a marriage proposal between two of its Olympic divers as emblematic of a new China "that has laid bare its emotions while placing greater emphasis on human spirit, respect and friendship than simply winning titles."
Xinhua said with a total of 70 medals - 26 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze - China had come second in the overall standings even though many other news outlets -- and the official Rio website -- calculate the final table using gold medals. This would actually push China into third by the U.K., the first time China has finished outside the top two in 16 years and compares to the country's medal haul of 100 medals and 51 golds in Beijing eight years ago.
Sina, the Chinese online media company, said that the games had signaled that China's new generation values "charisma, fun as well as victory."