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Manchester going for gold, silver and bronze

18†July†2002

The Commonwealth Games medals - which will be presented to hundreds of winning athletes over the next two weeks - have been officially revealed.

Medals

The Games medals made by the Royal Mint

The gold, silver and bronze medals were on show for the first time at the official opening of the Main Press Centre.

Canadian record holder in the pole vault, and medal hope, Stephanie McCann was the first lucky athlete to get a glimpse of the coveted medals.

The elusive Mad Ferret was also hanging around to inject a little irreverent chaos into the proceedings.

Gold medal

Frances Done, chief executive of Manchester 2002, said: "These medals are the pinnacle of achievement for the athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games."

"They are under the tightest security at all times and will be a unique memento of the biggest multi-sport event ever held in the UK."

The medals have the Commonwealth Games Spirit of Friendship logo on one side and the Commonwealth Games Federation on the other. They weigh 150g and are attached to 1m lengths of ribbon which vary in colour depending on the type of medal - blue for gold, red for silver and jade for bronze.

The Royal Mint have produced 524 gold medals, 524 silver and 594 bronze, as some events donít have a third place play-off and will have more bronze medal-winners. These include badminton, boxing, judo, lawn bowls, squash and table tennis.

The gold medal has a sterling silver core and is plated with 22 carat gold, the silver medal is sterling silver and the bronze medal is solid bronze. Both the gold and silver medals are hallmarked.

 
 
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