Swedish bronze winner refuses medal

16:08, 14 August 2008
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"I don`t care about this medal," said Ara Abrahamian

There was drama involving Swedish bronze medallist Ara Abrahamian in the 84kg Greco-Roman category when he left his medal in the middle of the mat as he stormed out of the medal ceremony while raising a clenched fist in protest against the officiating.

"I don`t care about this medal," said Ara Abrahamian, pulling the prize off his neck on the podium and dropping it on the mat.

A point had been deducted against the Swede late in his semi-final bout with eventual gold medal winner Andrea Minguzzi of Italy which cost him a place in the final. The Swede was a silver medallist at the Athens Olympics four years ago.

"My semi-final round loss today was totally unjustified. The controversial ruling shows that FILA (the sport`s governing body International Amateur Wrestling Federation) does not play fair," the Swede claimed.

AFP, Inquirer

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