A Brazilian judoka accidentally broke his Olympic bronze medal when he brought it into the shower. Now he's fighting to have it replaced.
Felipe Kitadai said he was carrying the medal everywhere. He took it with him to the shower as a joke, then dropped it while trying to keep it from getting wet.
Kitadai told Brazil's GloboEsporte.com that the part holding the medal's string broke, and now he can't wear it around his neck. He said there's also a small dent on it.
Kitadai won the bronze in the men's 60-kilogram division Saturday.
The Brazilian Olympic Committee says it will request a new medal even though it knows the International Olympic Committee has no obligation to give Kitadai another one.
The medals weigh 375-400g and are 85mm across and 7mm thick.The gold medal consists of just over one per cent actual gold. The rest is made up of 92.5 percent silver and 6.16 per cent copper.
The 2012 gold medallion is therefore only worth about £410 as raw metal – although the real value would, of course, be much higher if the medals were ever sold.
For a silver medal the gold is replaced with more copper, meaning the final product is worth around £210.
But the bronze medal is 97 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin – and is therefore only worth about £3.