Female athletes’ medals 78 per cent the size of male counterparts

MEDALS awarded to female Olympics athletes are slightly smaller than the ‘male’ version, it has been confirmed.

An Olympics spokesman said: “We strongly believe in equality, which is why we have ensured the ‘medal gap’ is exactly equal to the wage gap. No more, no less. That’s fair”

Despite male and female participants competing over the same distances, the Olympic Committee has chosen to observe custom and maintain the ratio of reward that women might get if they worked in an office.

Speaking before her event, runner Mary Fisher said: “At some point after running this 1500m race I may decide to have children, get married, or retire.

“It is right and proper that any medal I receive reflects that, by being smaller and having a less fancy design. Why wouldn’t it be?”