Brazilian athlete breaks Olympic medal in shower

Brazil's Felipe Kitadai kisses his bronze medal on the podium of the men's 60 kgs contest match of the judo event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 in London. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages

(AP) LONDON - A Brazilian judoka accidentally broke his Olympic bronze medal when he brought it into the shower. Now he's fighting to have it replaced.

Felipe Kitadai said he was carrying the medal everywhere. He took it with him to the shower as a joke, then dropped it while trying to keep it from getting wet.

Felipe Kitadai of Brazil stands on the medal stand during the Men's 60 kg Judo on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 28, 2012 in London, England.
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Kitadai told Brazil's GloboEsporte.com that the part holding the medal's string broke, and now he can't wear it around his neck. He said there's also a small dent on it.

Kitadai won the bronze in the men's 60-kilogram division Saturday.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee says it will request a new medal even though it knows the International Olympic Committee has no obligation to give Kitadai another one.

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