Who knew the Rio Olympics would turn into a strip fest? After a Mongolian wrestler lost the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 65 kg wrestling match, his coaches flipped out on the judges — by stripping! Watch a video of the crazy incident right here!
Mongolia’s Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran appeared to be the winner of the freestyle 65 kg bronze medal match, and his head coach Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar as well as assistant coach Byambarenchin Bayaraa immediately ran to the mat to congratulate their star. But the excitement quickly turned into anger, as judges issued a penalty point after the match was over and Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov was determined the winner. So how did Ganzorigiin’s coaches respond? By taking off their clothes!
As Tserenbaatar and Byambarenchin screamed angrily and furiously shook their heads at the judges table, both coaches began taking off articles of clothing. One of them went shirtless and the other stripped all the way down to his underwear! They didn’t get completely naked in their strip protest, but it was still quite the sight to see!
While the referees weren’t having it with the angry stripping coaches — they gave Tserenbaatar and Byambarenchin a red card for their behavior — the crowd was clearly siding with the Mongolians over the controversial call. They were even chanting “Mongolia! Mongolia!” despite being a primarily Brazilian crowd!
The judges decided to penalize Ganzorigiin for not finishing out the final seconds of the match, as he began celebrating early and flew the hold by not engaging with his opponent Ikhtiyor. That had tied the match 7-7, and then a failed challenge attempt by Ganzorigiin’s coaches made the final score an 8-7 loss for Mongolia. Once he came down from the fury of his tantrum, Byambarenchin expressed his disappointment in the judge’s decision.
“The referees are no good,” Byambarenchin said through a translator. “There are 3 million Mongolian people, all waiting for a bronze medal. And now? No medal. Only (a few) Mongolian athletes come here.”
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