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It is the modern tradition to award the top three sportsmen in an Olympic competition with a medal.Gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third (in boxing and judo, two bronzes are awarded to the defeated finalists).For the first time in a long time, the gold medals at Barcelona were in solid gold. Until then, they had been made of vermeil, a gold and silver alloy.Before medals were awarded, the winners in certain disciplines, such as shooting, were given a simple certificate.In ancient times, the winners at the stadium were given a crown of laurels or an olive branch that raised them to the rank of a living god and, just like today, brought them many other benefits in kind.
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