The bronze medal is an iconic trophy in sports. The award ceremony of sports competitions has elevated bronze medals to the status of myth. Do you know their origin? Did you know that there is a sport in which two bronze medals are awarded? Keep reading.

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Because bronze medals not only recognize the athlete's category, but their background goes further. Bronze was the first significant alloy produced by humans that spurred human development. It was used to manufacture tools, weapons, but also jewelry and coins, which were fundamental for trade. Today, in addition to using bronze to make medals, it is a common material in instruments such as bells, gongs, or saxophones, among others.

Bronze Medal in Sports

The term medal originates from the Latin word medaglia, which refers to a thin, circular metallic object. Historically, this object has always been completed with the engraving of a symbol or figure, something that has been reproduced in sports medals.

In Ancient Greece, the Olympic Games rewarded the winner with an olive crown, made from a branch of wild olive that grew in Olympia.

It was in the Olympic Games that we all know, that in 1896, the best athletes received medals as a prize. Interestingly, in the first Olympic Games of that year in Athens, the organization did not award gold medals. Champions received a silver medal and an olive branch. The runners-up, a laurel branch and a copper or bronze medal.

The first time gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to honor the top three winners, as is done today, was in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri.

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The Only Sport with Two Bronze Medals

Did you know that there is a sporting discipline in which two bronze medals are awarded? Yes, you heard right. In boxing, the fighters who lose in the semifinals receive two bronze medals each. These are the rules of the Olympic Games, although other competitions in this discipline do have a fight to determine the bronze medal winner. However, in the Olympics, this is not possible. What is the reason?

In London 1948, due to tournament needs, boxing competitions were concentrated over several days, so the fighters chained fights without being able to rest. The physical demands were such that the fight for the bronze medal could not be held because the athletes were not in condition. The International Boxing Federation requested the IOC to remove this fight, so from Melbourne 1956 onwards, the two semifinalists who do not reach the final receive a bronze medal.