A gold medal at Rio Olympics.

The amount of Gold in an Olympic medal from Rio 2016 has been revealed

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Every Olympian has one aim when going into an Olympics. Win gold.

So how would they react if they were told those gold medals are actually 92.5% silver? Well, according to sportingintelligence, that's exactly what the gold medals are actually made out of at this year's Olympics.

The Olympians who have been training for years in order to get to the top of their discipline, will now only be winning a gold medal which is actually just 1.34% gold.


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According to the set standards, each gold medal is required to be made of at least 92.5% silver, and a minimum of six grams of gold. In addition, all Olympic medals must be at least 60mm in diameter, and 3mm thick.

The likes of Michael Phelps, Adam Peaty, and co., who have already won golds at this summer's Olympics, will actually be taking home a medal that is made of mainly silver.

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Broken down, each gold medal at Rio 2016 is made up of 92.5% silver, 6.16% copper, and 1.34% gold.

Not only are the gold medals not actually made out of gold, they are also quite affordable to buy. If you were to think it would be expensive to get your hands on an Olympic gold medal, you'd be surprisingly wrong.

According to the same report, an Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 is actually worth just £450, which equates to $585 and €524.

However, that's not all. Not only are they mainly made out of silver, they also contain elements from recycled electronic equipment, aligning with Rio’s commitment to sustainability.

So when you next see one of the Olympians kissing their gold medal and having it around their neck, remember, the majority of it is made out of silver.

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