BRADENTON Fla. - Demetrius Pinder smiled ear-to-ear Friday morning, as Bradenton Police reunited him with his Olympic gold medal.
The medal was reported stolen from his pickup truck at a Bradenton apartment complex on September 11.
"It feels as if I'm back on the podium again," Pinder said.
The track-and-field athlete from the Bahamas said he had been worried he might not ever see the medal again.
Police arrested 22-year-old Allen Nichols Thursday and charged him with felony grand theft. According to police, Nichols sold the medal. Police said they recovered the medal from people who may have had plans to melt it down.
Pinder won his medal after competing in the 4x400 relay at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He dedicated the win to his sister, who had recently passed away.
Pinder said he will keep the medal in a safe from now on, only taking it out on special occasions.
The 23-year-old continues to train for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.