"He medalled twice at the Olympics"
Origin of medal
- French médaille from Old French from Italian medaglia coin worth half a denarius, medal from Vulgar Latin medālia coins worth half a denarius from Late Latin mediālia little halves from neuter pl. of mediālis of the middle, medial medial
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from Late Latin medalia (“half a denarius").