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Paralympic medals rattle for visionally impaired athletes

2016-09-15 20:46
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Cape Town - For the first time ever at a Paralympic Game, visionary impaired athletes can hear their medals.

According to the Rio 2016 website, each of the 2642 medals given to the Paralympic champions are equipped with steel balls, which allows visually impaired athletes to identify what kind of medal they have won.

The gold medal has 28 steel balls, producing the loudest noise; the silver with 20 balls, while the bronze has 16 - giving it the lowest sound.

READ: 4 visually impaired athletes beat Olympic gold time

In addition to the steel balls, each medal is inked with the words ‘Rio 2016 Paralympic Games’ in Braille.

Another new innovation at this year's Paralympic event is that the 500g medals are slightly thicker and has the name of the event engraved on the outside.

The Rio Paralympic Games end on Sunday, September 16.

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