When and where was the idea of gold, silver and bronze medals for sport event competitors introduced?

10th century BC, Ancient Greece
3rd century AD, Ancient Rome
1904 Summer Olympics, St. Louis
1936 Summer Olympics, Berlin
The choice of metals comes from the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythol­o­gy: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes.

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10th century BC, Ancient Greece
3rd century AD, Ancient Rome
1904 Summer Olympics, St. Louis
1936 Summer Olympics, Berlin
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flagFinland
0%
0%
100%
0%
80
flagthe United Arab Emirates
0%
2%
97%
0%
48
flagSwitzerland
2%
0%
97%
0%
36
flagVietnam
4%
0%
92%
4%
25
flagGreece
3%
10%
83%
3%
30
flagSpain
12%
4%
79%
4%
24
flagItaly
16%
3%
77%
2%
85
flagthe Netherlands
8%
12%
75%
4%
112
flagFrance
7%
9%
74%
7%
71
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
9%
67%
10%
465
flagGermany
12%
13%
65%
8%
266
flagPoland
15%
14%
61%
8%
16715
flagNorway
2%
35%
60%
2%
40
flagRepublic of Ireland
21%
10%
58%
6%
60
flagthe United States
22%
13%
52%
10%
345
flagAustria
32%
7%
50%
7%
28
flagUnknown
24%
22%
41%
11%
1285
flagIndia
21%
19%
41%
16%
56
flagSweden
32%
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34%
4%
46
flagCanada
29%
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12%
24

Gender

men60%
women64%
10th century BC, Ancient Greece
14%
14%
3rd century AD, Ancient Rome
15%
13%
1904 Summer Olympics, St. Louis
60%
64%
1936 Summer Olympics, Berlin
9%
6%

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Illustration: Fighting Irish 1977
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