Poland's Maria Andrejczvk auctions her silver media which she won in the Tokyo Olympic 2021 to help raise funds for an eight-month-old boy operation in the USA.
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Maria Andrejczvk is a 25 old javelin thrower. She overcame bone cancer, a shoulder injury to compete in Tokyo Olympics.
Maria Andrejczyk had won silver with a throw of 64.61 metres while Kelsey-Lee Barber of Australia took bronze with 64.56, her best performance of the season. She was only behind China’s Liu Shiying, who won the gold medal after throwing a distance of 66.34 meters. Polish Maria Andrejczyk, fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the favourite after producing a world-leading 71.40 metres in May, struggled to get that form.
In a Facebook post, she decided to auction her medal to help the boy knowing how much she had to "fight against adversity and pain."
"He already has a head start from Kubus -- a boy who didn't make it in time but whose amazing parents decided to pass on the funds they collected. And in this way, I also want to help.
It's for him that I am auctioning my Olympic silver medal," ESPN translated Maria Andrejczyk's Facebook post which she wrote in Polish.
Zabka, a popular convenience store chain in Poland, bid $51,000 US but said it’d let the athlete keep her medal. "We were moved by the beautiful and noble gesture of our Olympian," Zabka said.