Two Mongolian coaches tore off their clothes in protest after their wrestler lost the bronze medal match at the Rio Olympics.
It seemed like Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran had won the men’s freestyle 65 kg on Sunday. But the tables turned when the judges awarded a penalty point to Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov after the match ended, ESPN reports. So, coaches Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar and Byambarenchin Bayaraa decided to strip down.
“This was a protest. There was a problem with the refereeing,” Bayaraa said, according to ESPN. “The Mongolian wrestler won 7-6 and he lost because of this [judge’s decision]. This is the only time in history of wrestling with point penalty.”
It was Mandakhnaran’s post-match antics that led to the penalty, according to Reuters. After beating Navruzov, the Mongolian wrestler taunted his opponent before being carried around the ring in triumph by one of his coaches, Reuters reports.
He was penalized for not observing the match’s final seconds – this brought the score to 7-7. Another point was added when the Mongolian’s protested the call.
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The enraged coaches ran over to the judge’s table, with one ripping off his shirt, flexing his muscles and yelling, while the other took off both his shirt and pants, USA Today reports.
“The referees are no good,” Bayaraa said, according to USA Today. “There are 3 million Mongolian people all waiting for a bronze medal. And now? No medal.”
Security eventually escorted the coaches off the mat.