Armenian wrestler furious after losing gold medal match at Olympics

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Winning and losing in an Olympic gold medal competition can be both amazing and heartbreaking at the same time, and that was truly on show during the Men's Greco-Roman 66kg.

The emotions of winning a gold medal, and the emotions of just missing out on one were fully on display as Davor Stefanek of Serbia beat Migran Arutyunyan of Armenia to the coveted gold in the wrestling.

After taking the match 3-1, Stefanek soaked up the hostile atmosphere in a rather unusual manner, sticking out his tongue and waving his arms in the air, before producing a perfect back flip celebration.


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However, on the other side of the coin, Arutyunyan was less than impressed as he was trying to be restricted by an Olympic official, before tossing his bandage that was wrapped round his head to the floor.

The Armenian was clearly heartbroken and annoyed at the match and the result, but the crowd were less than impressed with either of the competitors.

Afterwards, Arutyunyan blamed the result on the referee for "unfairly" placing him in the par terre position during the bout.

"I did not lose," Arutyunyan claimed. "For some reason the judges again just would not give me the place on the podium that I deserve. It was the same at the European Games, the world championships."

"This is a catastrophe," he also said. "It was everything that I fought for for so long. I am very disappointed."

Arutyunyan was then shown a yellow card for his reactions, not that it mattered to him, but he then broke down in tears whilst talking to his coach after the realisation had sunk in that he had lost his Olympic title.

As for Stefanek, it was his third Olympics representing Serbia and it was his first ever medal. In fact, before Rio 2016, he had never won a single match at an Olympic Games.

"From the moment I stepped into the competition, I felt like I would give all that I have," Stefanek said. "This is so special, and to be honest, I feel a little bit drunk right now."

The Serbian's eccentric celebrations after the match didn't come as a surprise to those in attendance as he was making a name for himself throughout the Games for his over-the-top antics.

Following a win in the earlier rounds, Stefanek shouted 'Serbia' before producing another back flip celebration, so it was no shock when he did the same after winning the gold medal.

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