Swedish wrestler drops his bronze medal in disgust
In a bad show of sportsmanship Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian dropped his bronze medal in the ring which he won in the 84kg greco-roman contest, as a show of protest.
Abrahamian took the bronze from around his neck during the medal ceremony, stepped down from the podium, dropped it in the middle of the wrestling ring and then walked off.
“I don’t care about this medal. I wanted gold,” he said.
A bitter Abrahamian, silver medallist at Athens 2004 who had high hopes of top honours in Beijing, announced he was quitting the sport.
“This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure,” he said.
The Swedish wrestler had to be restrained by teammates earlier as a row erupted with judges over the decision in a semi-final bout at the Chinese Agricultural University Gym with Andrea Minguzzi of Italy, who went on to win the gold.
Abrahamian shouted at the referee and judges then went over to their row of chairs to speak to them up close. He angrily threw off the restraining arm of a team official and then turned and left.
Swedish fans booed loudly as the judges filed out of the arena. Abrahamian said nothing to waiting reporters but whacked an aluminium barricade with his fist as he left the hall.
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