Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk auctions Tokyo 2020 silver medal to help eight-month-old get heart surgery

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(CNN)Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has auctioned disconnected her Tokyo 2020 Olympic metallic medal to money urgent bosom country for an eight-month-old baby.

The 25-year-old finished archetypal successful qualifying for the last astatine the Summer Games but was outthrown by conscionable nether 2 meters by China's Liu Shiying to gain the metallic -- her archetypal Olympic medal.

However, successful a Facebook station past Wednesday, Andrejczyk explained that she was auctioning disconnected her Olympic medal to rise funds for eight-month-old Miłoszek Małysa to person life-saving bosom surgery.

    "I didn't walk agelong reasoning astir this, it was the archetypal fundraiser I came crossed and I knew it was the close one," she wrote.

      According to Małysa's mother, Monika, determination are nary longer immoderate viable options to assistance the babe successful their location country, Poland, with their past anticipation being an cognition successful Stanford, California.

      Andrejczyk explained that Małysa needed 1.5 cardinal zloty ($383,000) for the urgent surgery. With fractional the wealth already raised, she said she wanted to fundraise the different half.

      Andrejczyk competes successful  the women's javelin last  astatine  the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

      After starting the auction disconnected astatine 200,000 zloty ($51,000), she announced connected Monday via Facebook that Żabka, a Polish supermarket chain, won the auction with a bid of $125,000.

      "It's with the top pleasance that I springiness to you, Żabka, my medal which for maine is simply a awesome of struggle, religion and the pursuit of dreams contempt the galore challenges," she wrote.

      "I anticipation for you it volition beryllium a awesome of the beingness of which we fought for together."

      The wealth raised volition let Małysa to get the indispensable country astatine Stanford University Medical Center.

      After winning the auction, Żabka announced that they volition beryllium returning the medal to Andrejczyk.

      "We were moved by the beauteous and highly noble motion of our Olympian," it wrote connected Facebook.

        "Therefore, we decided to enactment the postulation of funds for the sick Miłoszek. We besides decided that the metallic medal from Tokyo volition stay with Mrs. Maria, who showed however large she is."

        Andrejczyk had erstwhile missed retired connected an Olympic medal astatine the 2016 Rio Games by conscionable 2 centimeters.

        Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.

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