Chinese athletes slam details on gold medals

By on August 28, 2021 0


Wang Shun and Zhu Xueying both reported problems with their medals. Image: Getty

Of them Chinese athletes strike after the Olympics, reporting issues with their gold medals.

Trampoline champion Zhu Xueying and individual 200m medley swimmer Wang Shun have both reported that their medals “flake” and leave blemishes.

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Zhu said that she accidentally peeled gold off the face of the medal after noticing a mark on it.

“Let me clarify that… I didn’t want to take it off at first, I just found out there was a little mark on my medal,” she told the World time.

“I thought it was probably just dirt, so I rubbed it with my finger and found that nothing had changed, so I picked it up and the mark got bigger.”

Wang said he had the same problem and said, “I dare not tackle it anymore.”

Organizers went to great lengths to make the Tokyo Games as environmentally friendly as possible, including making the medals from recycled electronics.

But despite their best intentions, it seems to have backfired.

Chinese fans were furious at the farce on social media.

Some have said that the medals were “too experimental” and that “these medalists deserve something more precious”.

Zhang Xue told the World time they thought the medals awarded at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were of much better quality.

“I once saw a report that said that a foreign athlete had a fire in his place,” Zhang said.

“A lot of things burned down, but not his medal. The old Chinese adage “Real gold does not fear the test of fire” is true. “

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A photo of the ‘scaly’ gold medal. Image: Twitter

Olympics organizers react to ‘chipped’ medals

The Tokyo Games Organizing Committee told the World time the peel material was a protective coating rather than the gold plating.

“Even if you remove the coating, it does not directly affect the quality of the medals,” added a statement.

Over a two-year period between 2017 and 2019, organizers collected 78,985 tonnes of electronic devices to make the medals.

The metal was then melted before being molded into medals.

As we have seen in the past, Olympians can have their medals replaced if they are lost or damaged, but they have to pay a fee.

The International Olympic Committee keeps a mold of each medal design from each Olympic Games for such circumstances.

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