Pawel Fajdek denies giving his gold medal as payment to the taxi driver
As a sportsperson what would be on your top priority list after an Olympic Gold. Most certainly, a World Championship medal. And what would do if you ended up winning one in any of the events? Preserve it and ensure that not a single scratch lands on it.
Well Poland’s Pawel Fajdek, who became the youngest reigning gold medalist in the event, did something quite extraordinary after winning the gold in the hammer throw event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, that is currently going on in Beijing.
After clinching the gold, the 26-year-old reportedly went to the city for some celebratory drinks but as one may tend to, went slightly overboard and consumed alcohol more than what he would’ve liked to.
The results of the intake- he ended up paying the person driving the taxi with the gold medal that he won, The Mirror reports. Fajdek woke up in the morning only to realise that he didn't have the medal with him and contacted the police.
The cops immediately got to work and found the owner of the taxi, who said that Fajdek had willingly given his medal to him as the payment for the ride. Polish journalists, who are in Beijing to cover the event said that they had seen the hammer thrower enter a restaurant.
After presumably much persuasion, the taxi driver did return the medal back to the Polish athlete.
However, the athlete later denied paying for the trip with his gold medal and took to his Facebook page to convey his message.