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USA's Joe Kovacs Explains Why His 2016 Silver Medal is ‘Really Scratched Up'

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17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 – Day Nine
17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 – Day Nine
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Joe Kovacs made a huge mistake after winning his first Olympic medal, a silver in men’s shot put in 2016.

After earning the medal, Kovacs was given a wooden case to store it for safekeeping. The wood, apparently, rubbed against the medal when the case opened and left the medal with scratches all over.

“My silver medal from Rio looks pretty terrible,” Kovacs said. “So, I’m glad I have another one to show because that one got really scratched up in the box.”

The 32-year-old Kovacs claimed a second career silver in the shot put in Tokyo, and he knows where he won’t put it when he arrives back home. Kovacs isn’t going to let that medal out of sight, even on the flight back.

“I’m going to keep it around my neck the whole way home to keep it protected.”