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Athletics becomes first sport to introduce prize money at Paris Olympics

Story by ZBC News Reporter

THE International Athletics Federation says athletics will become the first sport to introduce prize money at the Paris Olympics this year with gold medallists racking up to US$50 000.

The Athletics governing body said it has set aside US$2.4 million to pay the gold medallists across 48 events at Paris’ track and field programme, while the relay teams will split the US$50 000 between their members.

Other codes that will this year receive prize money will include long jump, high jump, triple jump, hammer throw, javelin throw, discus throw, pole vault, shot, walking, as well as the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon Olympic winners will also receive US$50 000.

World Athletics president, Sebastian Coe said the introduction of prize money is crucial and will empower the athletes as well as recognise the critical role they play in the success of any Olympic Games.

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