Photo: W. Klitschko Gets His Olympic Gold Medal Back

As reported on Thursday night, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko raised $1 million for charity by auctioning off his 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games gold medal before quickly gaining it back.

The fund for disaffected Ukrainian children run by the 36-year-old defender of four titles, and his older brother Vitali, said it raised more than $1.5 million dollars (1.1 million euros) at the Kiev event.

The medal Wladimir won against Tonga's Paea Wolfgramm in Atlanta was claimed by an unknown bidder for $1 million dollars - before returning it to Wladimir.

"Immediately after the sale, the buyer's representative announced his wish to leave the Olympic medal in the Klitschko family," the brothers' charity foundation said in a statement.

Other items purchased at the auction included a wristwatch embedded with 412 diamonds that were shaped to look like the imprint of Vitali Klitschko's thumb.

The Klitschko family is one of the most celebrated in the ex-Soviet republic and has recently taken a more active role in opposition politics.

Vitali Klitschko heads the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR, meaning "punch" or "strike" in Ukrainian) party and has twice run for Kiev mayor.

The Klitschkos are fierce critics of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and supporters of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alx. on 03-31-2012

faith in humanity..and boxing :fing02:

Comment by Journeyman on 03-31-2012

class act, the KO brothers all around.

Comment by Someone88 on 03-31-2012

[QUOTE=WladimirK;11954875]Wladimir is an honourable man. This is how a true champion conducts himself. Wlad is the very definition of a role model.[/QUOTE] Great post

Comment by Weltschmerz on 03-31-2012

Wladimir is an honourable man. This is how a true champion conducts himself. Wlad is the very definition of a role model.

Comment by Someone88 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=Spray_resistant;11952184]Pure class by the Klitschkos and the buyer as well.[/QUOTE] Yep I agree

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