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Posted: August 21, 2016

Coach strips to underwear to protest Olympic wrestling match

A coach of Mongolia’s wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig take off their clothes in protest against the decision of the jury to award the bronze medal to Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov during the men’s 65-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A coach of Mongolia’s wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig take off their clothes in protest against the decision of the jury to award the bronze medal to Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov during the men’s 65-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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            Coach strips to underwear to protest Olympic wrestling match
Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (red) of Mongolia and Ikhtiyor Navruzov (blue) of Uzbekistan compete in the Men’s Freestyle 65kg Bronze match on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

By 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.


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