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Waseda rediscovery

Photograph: Yoichi Sato, Ou Yokoyama
(School of Photograph, Picture, Image at the Art and Architecture School of Waseda University)

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Medal of Friendship

It expands by the click.

One medal, sparkling radiantly.

Why is half of the medal made of silver and half made of bronze?

Travel back to 1936, to the finals of the pole-vault event at the Berlin Olympics.

A battle for the silver medal was unfolding between Shuhei Nishida, from Waseda University, and Sueo Oe.

After more than 5 hours of fierce contest, no winner could be declared.

The two athletes won the silver and bronze medals with the same record.

After returning to Japan, the two athletes who shared the same record joined together the halves of each other’s silver and bronze medals.

Mr. Nishida’s medal was donated to his alma mater, Waseda University.

The other medal is stored in the Chichibunomiya Memorial Sports Museum.

The two athletes surpassed the concepts of winning and losing and recognized each other’s ability.

Even with the passage of time, the Medal of Friendship continues to display the emotions of the two athletes