Olympic Athletics Gold Medal Winners To Earn £40K Prize Money In Paris

Jeremiah Azu celebrates after winning the 60 m - Men Final during day one of the 2024 Microplus UK Athletics Indoor Championships at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham. Picture date: Saturday February 17, 2024. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Olympic Athletics Gold Medal Winners To Earn £40K Prize Money In Paris

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By David Williams

Track and field gold medallists at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer will each receive 50,000 US dollars (£39,400) in prize money.

World Athletics announced the 2.4million dollar (£1.89m) prize pot on Wednesday morning in a move which makes it the first international sport federation to award prize money at an Olympics.

The global governing body said the initiative also included a “firm commitment” to extend the prize money to silver and bronze medallists at the Los Angeles Games in four years’ time.

Relay medallists will split the 50,000 dollar prize across the team, World Athletics said, which could interest Wales’ top male sprinter, Jeremiah Azu.

The current 60m British Indoor champion could well be in the 4 x 100m relay squad for Paris this summer.
Azu, 22, is currently ranked third in Great Britain for 100m and 24th in the world.

“The introduction of prize money for Olympic gold medallists is a pivotal moment for World Athletics and the sport of athletics as a whole, underscoring our commitment to empowering the athletes and recognising the critical role they play in the success of any Olympic Games,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.

“This is the continuation of a journey we started back in 2015, which sees all the money World Athletics receives from the International Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games go directly back into our sport.”

Coe added: “We started with the Olympic dividend payments to our member federations, which saw us distribute an extra five million dollars a year on top of existing grants aimed at athletics growth projects, and we are now in a position to also fund gold medal performances for athletes in Paris, with a commitment to reward all three medallists at the LA28 Olympic Games.

“While it is impossible to put a marketable value on winning an Olympic medal, or on the commitment and focus it takes to even represent your country at an Olympic Games, I think it is important we start somewhere and make sure some of the revenues generated by our athletes at the Olympic Games are directly returned to those who make the Games the global spectacle that it is.”

The awarding of prize money will be subject to ratification, which will include medal-winning athletes undergoing and clearing the usual anti-doping checks.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been contacted for comment.

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