25 August 2016
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has donated his Olympic silver medal to raise funds for a three-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer.
Thirty-three-year-old Malachowski won his second Olympic silver in Rio, finishing 82cm adrift of Germany’s Christoph Harting.
His donation enabled compatriot Olek Szymanski, who has retinoblastoma, to go to New York for treatment.
Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that affects young children.
“My silver medal is worth a lot more than a week ago. It is worth the health of little Olek,’’ Malachowski said.
The Olympian, who also won silver in Beijing eight years ago, said fate had given him the chance to “increase the value of my silver’’.
“We were able to show that together we can do wonders. It is our great shared success.
“Winning an Olympic medal is one of an athlete’s life dreams. Of course, the most precious is gold.
“I did everything in my power to get it. Unfortunately this time I did not succeed,’’ he said.