The medals for the 2016 Paralympics have been filled with tiny steel balls so that they can be heard. They are also inscribed in Braille.
Visually impaired athletes can differentiate between the three kinds of medals, plus55.com reports. The tiny metallic spheres rattle inside, creating “medal music” when athletes shake them.
Gold medals contain 28 spheres, the silver have 20, and bronze contain 18, giving each medal a unique sound.
So Rio 2016 has created a new ritual: the shaking of the medals.
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