Olympian auctions silver medal to help pay for baby’s heart surgery

A javelin thrower from Poland who took home the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is using her winnings to help someone else.

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Maria Andrejczyk auctioned her medal to help pay for heart surgery for 8-month-old Miloszek Malysa, ESPN reported.

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The Polish supermarket chain Žabka won the auction, bidding $125,000 for the medal. Žabka then gave the medal back to Andrejczyk.

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The javelin thrower had competed in past games but didn’t win, missing a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games by 2 centimeters.

Andrejczyk also had a shoulder injury in 2017 that needed surgery, forcing her to miss all competitions that year, USA Today reported. She was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2018, ESPN reported.