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The bibs at the Olympics have been causing a stir on social media this week because of their inconsistency, odd font choice and bulkiness.

Race bibs

With aerodynamic uniforms aimed at reducing fractions of a second in a race, it’s strange to see unusually large race bibs at the Rio Olympics. The bibs, which display an athlete’s last name, are wore on the front of an athlete’s singlet during races.

It’s safe to say that the bibs need a little bit of work, both in the spell check department and in regards to consistency.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson had to wear a misspelled bib for the opening day of the women’s heptathlon. Fortunately, she received a revised version on the second of two days in the seven-discipline event. Someone forgot the “n.”

Race bibs

The typo was just the first in a number of photos captured during the Olympics where athletes are seen wearing bibs with different fonts in varying size. For shorter names, the gap between letters is huge rather than the name being centered and the letters condensed.

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The topic has seen an uptick in popularity recently thanks to a Twitter campaign. The Rio bibs have been trending on the social media platform this week with the tag line “The bibs at Rio are the worst and it is not OK.”

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There’s been a lack of consistency in the design of the bibs. In the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, for example, Ezekiel Kemboi had non-bolded print while Evan Jager and Hamid Ezzine had the bolded version.

Kemboi’s and Jager’s bibs side-by-side

Kemboi’s and Ezzine’s bibs side-by-side

Twitter users are not too happy with the design choices

Three- and four-lettered last names are some of the strangest looking

Canadians Sage Watson and Noelle Montcalm got the bold print

Andre De Grasse’s bib in the men’s 100m heats

De Grasse’s bib in the men’s 100m final

The Rio bibs come after Nike used redesigned name plates at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. The bibs, known as AeroSwift Bibs, do not require safety pins and instead adhere to clothing. Perhaps, newer designs will be seen at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the next time around.