South Africa international Francois Hougaard has been rewarded with an Olympic bronze medal for his act of generosity in the recently concluded sevens rugby tournament in Rio.
Hougaard was a late addition to the squad after his teammate Seabelo Senatla suffered a wrist injury on day two of the tournament. After defeating Japan in the play-off, Hougaard handed over his bronze medal to Senatla, who was observing his teammates create history from the stands.
To honour the 28-year-old's generosity, board members of South Africa along with the organsiers of the Rio 2016 decided to reward him with another bronze medal.
The Springboks scrum-half was completely moved by the gesture and thanked everyone involved for making it happen.
"This is a wonderful surprise and something I really didn't expect," said Hougaard, who has made 35-Test appearance for South Africa.
"When I gave the medal the Seabelo, I felt he deserved it more than I did, and I still feel so, but having played a part in Rio, I'm very grateful to have received this medal and I would like to thank everyone involved in making it possible.
"It's something I will cherish for many years as one of the best moments of my rugby career."