Sports Scores of defective Rio Olympic medals fall apart

01:36  20 may  2017
01:36  20 may  2017 Source:   AFP

Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

  Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged Kyle Snyder made history at the Rio Olympics by becoming the youngest American wrestler to win a gold medal. The medal will soon be history as well, to be replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage. Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S. gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from around the world with defective Olympic medals. Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings says her bronze medal from last summer is flaking and rusting, and USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged medals as well. USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said the organization reached out to its players and seven - three men and four women - reported they believe there is an issue with their medals. The names of players aren’t known yet, and the plan will likely be to pass the medals on to USOC for evaluation. Rio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said Friday that officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7 percent of the medals. "The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged," Andrada said. Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with his medal the day after he won it. He went to a party at the Team USA house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they celebrated.

LAUSANNE (AFP) - Scores of cherished medals awarded at the Rio Olympics are falling to pieces and will be replaced, red-faced 2016 Games organisers said on Friday (May 19). An estimated 2,021 medals were handed out to competitors at the Games last summer but many soon began to flake

Lausanne - Scores of cherished medals awarded at the Rio Olympics are falling to pieces and will be replaced, red-faced 2016 Games organisers said on Friday. An estimated 2 021 medals were handed out to competitors at the Games last summer but many soon began to flake apart .

An Olympic gold medal from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is seen October 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California © Provided by AFP An Olympic gold medal from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is seen October 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California Scores of cherished medals awarded at the Rio Olympics are falling to pieces and will be replaced, red-faced 2016 Games organisers said on Friday.

An estimated 2,021 medals were handed out to competitors at the Games last summer but many soon began to flake apart.

"We're seeing problems with the covering on between six or seven percent of the medals and it seems to be to do with the difference in temperatures," Rio Games communications officer Mario Andrada said.

"Together with the IOC we're setting up a system for replacing the defective medals," he said, adding that the problem was prevalent mainly with silver medals and that the makers, the Brazilian mint, were undertaking the task.

Made with recycled materials, the medals concerned have either suffered unsightly staining or had the covering fall away.

"The medals will either be repaired or replaced," Andrada said.

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