It took years of training along with blood, sweat and tears for Demetrius Pinder to win an Olympic gold medal in London.
Losing it took just seconds.
"To lose it, I'm heartbroken. I know it ain't much I can do," Pinder said.
He helped win the gold for the Bahamas in 2012 as part of the 4 x 400 relay team. He even tattooed it on himself.
Now the tattoo is all he has after he accidentally left the real medal in his truck overnight. It was parked at his Bradenton apartment complex.
Wednesday morning, the gold was gone.
"I had some food I got, I was just rushing. I was hungry and forgot to take medal out with me," he said.
He told us the medal is valued at a whopping $45,000. But he says it's not about gold's value, it's what that medal represents.
"That's priceless. Not everybody you see walking around has a gold medal, let alone make it," he said.
It was also dedicated to his sister, who died suddenly of a heart attack before his race.
"It is worth more than the gold. It's worth more than life to me," Pinder said.
Police are examining fingerprints left at the scene and checking into local pawn shops to see if the medal shows up. Pinder believes he locked the doors but police found no signs of forced entry.
"It took a lot of training and we want to do all we can to get it back for him," said Captain William Fowler with the Bradenton Police Department.
Meanwhile, Pinder continues to train daily for the 2016 games and another shot at winning and keeping the gold.
"It was a big accomplishment to me, the loss is very hurtful," he said.
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