Sandow’s Medal

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 by John Wood

Sandow's Medal

The great Eugen Sandow won this fine medal, not in a test of strength, but for his wrestling skill. It was awarded to him by the Athletic club of Florence, Italy in commemoration of his having handily defeated three opponents in one match, one of whom was the Italian champion Basilio Bartoletti. Sandow was quite proud of this achievement and wore this medal often, it can be seen on his chest in many of of his most famous photographs such as the one above.
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