Today’s invention is a way to better represent the relative merits of athletes or other sportspeople.
Instead of the usual podium, there would be long ramp. At the top of this, the gold medal winner would stand to receive his/her medal.
A display on the side of the ramp would indicate the relative positions of all competitors in the final -or even the whole event. This would allow athletes to take their places on the ramp, even if they weren’t medal winners.
The audience could thus get a better overall view of the competition result, as well as being more inclusive of everyone who took part.