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IN Sports ON 21 Aug, 2016
You've heard of the gold, silver and the bronze medal but you probably didn't know about the fourth kind of medal. Yes, you read it right, there is a fourth kind of medal in the Olympics. But the question arises, who receives this medal and who decides about giving this medal?
Read more to find out about this interesting fourth medal of the Olympics.
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The Pierre de Coubertin medal is a very special medal awarded by the International Olympic Committee to all those athletes, former athletes, sports promoters, and sporting officials who demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship in Olympic Events. This award is even more prestigious than winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
To date, after 30 summer games and 22 winter games only 17 Pierre de Coubertin medals have been awarded making it one of the most prestigious prizes offered by the International Olympic Committee.
The medal was inaugurated in 1964 and was named in the honor of Pierre de Coubertin who was the founder of the International Olympic Committee. It was named after Pierre to honor him and his initiative taken for sports.
De Lima is a long distance runner from Brazil and has lit the Olympic cauldron at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics, he was leading the marathon with a lead of 25-30 seconds and that's when de Lima was halted and grappled by a spectator. He lost 15-20 valuable seconds in the incident but more importantly he lost the mental stability. He was passed by Stefano Baldini and Mebrahtom Keflezighi. But de Lima did not give up and completed the race which is the most surprising thing one could have done after being stopped and passed by two competitors.
There are two contenders for this medal this year. They are American Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin. They had a collision during the Women's 5000m round 1. D'Agostino quickly got up and instead of moving ahead she stopped to help her fellow competitor and completed the race together.
Lutz Long a German long jumper was awarded this medal posthumously and is an inspiring figure for all of us. It was during the 1936 Olympic Games a long jump event which was watched by Adolf Hitler, he advised Jesse Owens - a black American. Even Hitler's presence made people fear. Owens had failed his first two qualifying jumps and was in the danger of going out but then Long came and advised Jesse on the mistake he was doing while jumping from the take-off board.
His advice proved useful and Jesse went on to win the gold. Owens later said "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler. "You can melt all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the 24 carat friendship that I felt for Lutz Long at that moment.