Not everyone knows that there is a fourth medal given to athletes in Olympics but getting it is more difficult than the other three medals. Before Rio Olympics, the medal has given only 17 times in history. It is called Pierre de Coubertin medal. It is given to those athletes who show immense sportsman spirit on the field during their event.
It is named after Pierre de Coubertin, who was one of the founders of the modern Olympics.
The other interesting thing about the medal is that though it is an Olympic medal but it can be given in a non-Olympic event too.
Also, this medal doesn’t have to be awarded in every Olympics. It is up to the Olympics committee to decide whether there is someone who truly deserves to get the medal or not.
This year, the medal was awarded to New Zealander Nikki Hamblin got the Pierre de Coubertin medal for showing sportsman spirit for not continuing running after colliding with her competitor USA’s Abbey D’Agostino in the 5000m race. Instead she assisted her to stand again on her feet. She finished last on the event but Olympic committee acknowledged her sportsman spirit by allowing her to participate in the final.