Daniele Garozzo thanks woman who found his medal in rubbish heap

Updated: Nov 14, 2016, 12:10 IST | AFP

An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating yesterday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger via a message on Facebook

Olympics fencing champion Daniele Garozzo. Pic/Getty Images
Olympics fencing champion Daniele Garozzo. Pic/Getty Images

Rome: An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating yesterday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger via a message on Facebook.

"I'm really happy! Even though I'd come to terms with losing the medal, it was like a part of me had been taken away," said Daniele Garozzo, who won Olympic foil gold for Italy in Rio last summer.

Garozzo was travelling by train to Turin to watch his favourite football team, Serie A champions Juventus, on October 29 when he awoke from a snooze to find the medal gone from his bag. But Lady Luck — in the shape of a 'Signora Mara' — stepped in: the Turin-based woman found his medal among a heap of rubbish outside a train station in the northern city.

Luckily, she knew of the fencer and contacted him via the social media platform as he competed at a World Cup even in Tokyo on Saturday.

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