Poland’s Pawel Fajdek ‘pays for taxi with gold medal after celebration’

Who hasn’t paid for a taxi with a World Athletics Championship gold medal after a night out?

Well, okay, maybe not many of us. But apparently Poland’s Pawel Fajdek really has.

The world champion hammer thrower used his gold medal as currency to pay for his taxi home after a big night of celebrating his triumph in Beijing, according to Chinese media outlet Tencent.

It was reported that the 26-year-old woke up in Beijing the morning after his stunning winning throw of 80.88m to find that his precious gold medal was no longer in his possession.

Fajdek of Poland bites his gold medal as he poses on the podium with bronze medalist Nowicki of Poland after the men's hammer final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing

He apparently contacted local police immediately to report the loss and officers helped him retrace his steps.

The taxi driver reportedly informed the police that Fajdek had willingly handed over his medal in payment for the ride home, before returning the missing medal to the athlete.

Polish journalists in Beijing confirmed to The Independent that, having seen Fajdek at a restaurant, the athlete had “drunk a lot in the celebration party”.

Well, at least he has his medal back – and presumably the taxi driver now has a more standard fare for his service.