Those medalling athletes



Until this weekend, I hadn’t realised the word “medal” could be used as verb. For example:

Rebecca Romero is one of the few athletes to medal in two different sports.

Context makes the meaning obvious — I didn’t think she’d been meddling in two sports. I guess this use of the word is new to me because team GB haven’t medalled this well in my lifetime. Let’s hope they medal in some track and field events too.