From swimming pool turning green to marriage proposals, the recently concluded Rio Olympics had been full of drama and emotions. But what happened on the final day of the biggest sporting spectacle of the world certainly tops them all. The bizarre incident happened when Mongolian wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig, the one who defeated Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, was fighting Uzbek grappler Ikhtiyor Navruzov for the bronze medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling .
After defeating Dutt in the first round, the Mongolian wrestler lost to eventual winner Soslan Ramonov of Russia and so got a chance to win the bronze medal by the Repechage rule. In the first round, he comfortably defeated his Canadian opponent Haislan Garcia which brought him face to face with Navruzov.
After a closely-fought bout, Ganzorig led the match by seven points to six against the Uzbek with 18 seconds to go in the match, before proceeding to taunt his opponent by dancing around. However, the judges then awarded the Uzbek wrestler one point and the scoreline became 7-7, penalising the Mongolian for ‘fleeing the hold’, or refusing to engage with his opponent. A further point was then added to the Uzbek’s score after the Mongolians’ challenge was rejected, thereby handing the bronze medal to Navruzov.
Stunned by the events, the Mongolian’s support staff took to the wrestling floor to protest before stripping. They stripped off their shirts and shoes and hurled them to the floor. One of the coaches even stripped down to his pants. After a while, the coaches were escorted away by the security.
In the end, the protest did not make any difference as the judges refused to change their decision.
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