This piece originally appeared on Wallpaper.com.
With Team GB neck-and-neck with China and closing in on the USA's enviable overall lead (maybe), the only things tearing us away from the Rio 2016 Olympic medal table this summer are the medals themselves.
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The Olympic Organising Comittee design team has enlisted the help of the Royal Brazilian Mint (who produced medals for the 2011 Military World Games and 2007 Pan-American Games, both held in Rio) to craft the 5,130 Olympic and Paralymic medals needed for the 2016 games.