Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:30:34 GMT | By IANS

Medals symbolise sporting glory of athletes

London: With a figure of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, carved on one side, the Olympic medals symbolise the sporting glory which every athlete aspires to achieve.

Medals symbolise sporting glory of athletes

Designed by renowned decorative artist David Watkins and minted at the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant, South Wales, the medals at the London Olympics are set to be awarded at 302 victory ceremonies across the different venues.

The obverse of the medal portrays Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the host city. On the reverse are five symbolic elements: the amphitheatre or the venues, the athletes' efforts, the Thames symbolising London, celebrations and 'place' as in a map inset.

The London medals, weighing 375-400 gm, are 85mm in diameter and 7mm thick. While the gold medal is made up mostly of silver and copper with just over 1 percent gold, the silver medal comprises over 90 percent silver and the remainder copper.

The bronze medal constitutes 97 percent copper with the remainder being zinc and tin.

The design for the medals was chosen by a panel which received designs from over 100 artists. The medals can be seen at the British Museum throughout the Games.