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Rio 2016 Paralympics Launch Special Medals To Cater To Visually Impaired Athletes

Medal winners at the Rio 2016 Paralympics will earn a unique offering as the tournament organisers have for the first time designed special medals which will allow visually-impaired athletes to tell if they are gold, silver, or bronze.

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There are a total of 2,642 medals (877 gold, 876 silver, 889 bronze) at offer in the Paralympics and all the medals contain a device which, using small metal balls, will allow athletes to distinguish between the three colours.
paralympic medal
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With this new innovation, the medals will make a different sound when shaken.
paralympic silver medal
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The bronze medal will contain 16 steel balls and make the lowest sound. The gold medal will have 28 mini steel balls, and silver medal will contain 20 balls.
paralympic bronze medal
AFP
All medals have 'Rio 2016 Paralympic Games' written on them in braille.

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