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%
81
flagthe United Arab Emirates
0%
2%
97%
0%
49
flagSwitzerland
2%
0%
97%
0%
43
flagVietnam
4%
0%
92%
4%
25
flagGreece
3%
10%
83%
3%
30
flagItaly
15%
3%
78%
2%
89
flagthe Netherlands
8%
11%
75%
4%
118
flagFrance
8%
9%
73%
6%
73
flagthe United Kingdom
12%
9%
67%
10%
495
flagAustralia
12%
8%
66%
12%
24
flagGermany
12%
13%
65%
8%
274
flagPoland
15%
14%
61%
8%
17465
flagNorway
2%
35%
60%
2%
40
flagRepublic of Ireland
24%
9%
56%
6%
62
flagthe United States
21%
14%
52%
10%
357
flagAustria
28%
17%
45%
5%
35
flagIndia
23%
18%
42%
14%
64
flagUnknown
24%
22%
41%
11%
1304
flagSweden
32%
28%
32%
3%
52
flagCanada
32%
20%
32%
12%
25

Gender

men61%
women65%
10th century BC, Ancient Greece
13%
14%
3rd century AD, Ancient Rome
15%
13%
1904 Summer Olympics, St. Louis
61%
65%
1936 Summer Olympics, Berlin
9%
6%

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