SWEDISH WRESTLER ARA ABRAHAMIAN
A Swedish wrestler, angered about a scoring decision by Olympic judges, stormed off the medal podium in Beijing today flinging his bronze medal to the ground.
Ara Abrahamian lost a controversial decision to an Italian in the 84 kg greco-roman wrestling competition. Following the decision, Abrahamian stormed the judges table and had to be restrained by teammates. Abrahamian ended up winning a bronze medal. After the competition, the Swedish wrestler actually took the medal off his neck and threw it to the mat before exiting the stadium in disgust.
Sweden’s coach called the decision to award Abrahamian’s opponent the match “politics.” Swedish fans actually booed the judges as they left the arena.
Interviewed later in the day, Abrahamian said he would quit the sport following the incident.
ARA ABRAHAMIAN’S ABANDONED BRONZE MEDAL