- Scott Andera Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
It's common for emotions to run high during the final seconds of any Olympic event. Sometimes, outcomes are contested.
But one man undressed Sunday afternoon as he contested the final scoring of a wrestling match.
In the 65kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match, Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navaruzov beat Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 8-7 in a match that ended in controversy and two Mongolian coaches taking off their clothes at the Olympic venue.
In the final seconds of the match, Ganzorig led by one and began dancing to celebrate his imminent medal. That celebration didn't last long.
According to The Associated Press, Uzbekistan challenged the scoring. Officials awarded Navaruzov a penalty point, which also gave him the bronze medal because tie matches are decided by the wrestler who last scored a point.
Then began the unlikely turn of events.
Two Mongolian coaches stormed the mat in protest and began angrily shedding their clothes, with one getting all the way down to his blue briefs while the crowd chanted "Mongolia! Mongolia!"
That led to match officials awarding yet another penalty point.
Police eventually escorted the coaches from the mat.
See video here.