Eugene, Ore ( Associated Press) — Winning multiple world championships in track and field requires speed. Also, to deliver the medal winners.
Some jumping abilities don’t get in the way.
In a new twist to the event, athletes no longer have to wait to receive their awards. Medals await them on the side of the track. Once the gold, silver, and bronze are decided, the managers throttle the medal winners, sometimes when they don’t even slow down after crossing the finish line.
But you have to return those medals.
These are only “instant medals” of a symbolic nature for the athletes to celebrate on their triumphant return and before the press interviewing them afterwards. The final medals, which the athletes will take home with their names on them, will be presented in the traditional manner at a later ceremony.
“It’s nice to get a medal so early,” said Laura Muir, a bronze medalist in the 1500 meters. “It’s surreal, because not a minute has passed since you’ve crossed the finish line and the medal is already hanging around your neck.”
All of this is part of a plan drawn up by Niels de Vos, General Director of Oregon 2022. He recalled that, at the 2016 Olympics, he saw an athlete win a competition and receive his medal the next day at a nearly empty stadium in Rio. Why Janeiro?
“From the athletes’ point of view, they’re thinking, ‘But my friends and family are here today. They don’t have a ticket for tomorrow. I don’t want to come tomorrow for my medals and neither is my family,'” de Vos said. Explained. “Everyone likes it.”
This process involves a lot of observational work that was already done. De Vos, who for years was the director general of the British Athletics Federation and who led the organization of the 2017 World Cup in London, relied on a team from his country to track down the most enthusiastic athletes.
It’s not as easy as it looks. Through preparatory work, managers have more or less an idea of what an athlete will do after winning a competition.
And they get into action.
Like last weekend, when sprinter Fred Carey won the 100m and jogged up to the curve, Cheri Alexander, in charge of giving him his medal, was waiting for him.
Kerala is 1.90 meters tall, while Sikandar is shorter. Thus, he jumped as high as he could to keep the medal at it.
This moment became a meme on social networks.
Sometimes getting the medal so quickly takes the medal winner by surprise. This is what happened to high jump champion Qatari Mutaz Essa Bershim.
“I thought: ‘What are they doing?'” he explained. “I kept thinking, ‘I thought we were going to have a function. I want a ceremony!'”
nothing to worry about. There is an award ceremony.
The instant medal is just an added bonus. Actually, Barshim took him to the stand and gave it to his younger son.
“It’s amazing. My family wanted to come, see and be touched.”
Then he turned it back. The final award did not take long. In fact, a medal can be carved in less time than it takes to run 800 meters.
The exact time is 68 seconds.
There is a printing machine in three dimensions. Used four a day with lots of prize distribution.
The machine is located in a room below Hayward Field’s stand. There will be about 252 that will be recorded and delivered to the athletes on the podium.