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July 24, 2021

Chinese shooter Yang Qian gets the First Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medal.

Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020

Photos: Chinese shooter Yang Qian gets the First Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medal. Images provided by & Copyright © International Olympic Committee 2021/Greg Martin.

Tokyo, July 24, 2021 - The first Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals were awarded today. They have been produced using metals from nearly 79,000 tonnes of used phones and other electronic equipment donated by the Japanese public.

As is traditionally the case, the IOC President, Thomas Bach, presented the first gold medal. It was claimed by Chinese shooter Yang Qian following her win in the 10m air rifle women’s final. After that, Anastasiia Galashina of the Russian Olympic Committee won silver, while Switzerland’s Nina Christen claimed bronze.

The ceremony was held at the Asaka Shooting Range, where the Tokyo 1964 shooting competitions also took place. In line with the Tokyo 2020 COVID 19 countermeasures, the medallists themselves placed their medals around their necks.

The medals and the medal ceremony podiums are among Tokyo 2020’s many initiatives that highlight the possibilities of a circular economy, in which products and materials are reused and recycled.

The roughly 5,000 medals that will be awarded throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games got salvaged from nearly 79,000 tonnes of phones and other electronic equipment donated by the Japanese public - known as “urban mines.” Designed by Japanese designer KAWANISHI Junichi, the medals embody athletes’ hard work in their journey towards Olympic glory, as well as diversity. They resemble rough stones polished to convey “light” and “brilliance,” symbolizing the athletes’ energy and those who support them.

The podiums are made from recycled plastic waste donated by Japanese citizens as part of an initiative supported by Worldwide Olympic Partner P&G. More than 24 tonnes of used plastic were collected in just nine months. In addition, the Olympic symbols embedded on them were made using aluminum waste recycled from temporary housing from the regions affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

The flowers awarded to the athletes also come mainly from the Great East Japan Earthquake areas, putting a spotlight on the region and its recovery.

Source: International Olympic Committee

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