Furious Mongolians strip off over bronze medal defeat

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Mongolian coaches strip off in protest at official’s decision to deny Mandakhnaran Ganzorig bronze medal in Olympic wrestling.

SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 21, 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES – FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS) (MUTE)

1. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF MONGOLIA’S MANDAKHNARAN GANZORIG GLOATING AND CELEBRATING DURING FINAL SECONDS OF BOUT WITH UZBEKISTAN’S IKHTIYOR NAVRUZOV

2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF GANZORIG CELEBRATING APPARENT VICTORY WITH HIS COACH

3. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF GANZORIG REACTING TO DECISIONS THAT MEAN HE LOSES MATCH

4. VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF GANZORIG’S COACHES STRIPPING OFF IN PROTEST AT OFFICIAL’S DECISIONS

5. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF GANZORIG’S COACHES PROTESTING WITH SHIRTS OFF

6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF OFFICIAL ESCORING GANZORIG’S COACH AWAY FROM ARENA

STORY: Two Mongolian coaches stripped off and hurled their shoes in protest on Sunday (August 21) after their wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was denied victory for running away from his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds of their bronze medal contest.

Ganzorig, leading Ikhtiyor Navruzov by seven points to six, taunted his opponent by dancing around him in the last 18 seconds of their 65kg match and was then carried around the ring in triumph by one of his coaches.

But the judges then adjusted the score to 7-7, penalising the Mongolian for ‘fleeing the hold’, or refusing to engage with his opponent. They then added a further point to the Uzbek’s score after the Mongolian corner challenged the decision and had the challenge rejected.

Ganzorig crouched head down on the mat in disbelief at the reversal as both coaches advanced towards the judges, stripped off their shirts and shoes and hurled them to the floor.

With the crowd erupting, one of them then took off his track pants and remonstrated with the judges wearing nothing but a pair of trunks.

One of the coaches, Byambarenchin Bayaraa, told reporters later: “This was a protest. There was a problem with the refereeing… Three million people in Mongolia waited for this bronze medal and now we have no medal.”

Navruzov, the victor, celebrated by wrestling his coach to the floor and then kneeling on the mat as if in prayer.

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