Malachowski, also the runner-up at Beijing 2008, said fate had given him the chance to “increase the value” of his silver.

“We were able to show that together we can do wonders,” he added. “It is our great shared success. Winning an Olympic medal is one of an athlete’s life dreams. Of course, the most precious is gold. I did everything in my power to get it. Unfortunately this time I did not succeed.”

Malachowski triumphed at last month’s European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, adding to the gold medal he won at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

His personal best throw is 71.84 metres, ranking him fifth in the all-time longest discus throw distances.