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Minguzzi gets gold amid protests

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Video - Minguzzi wins 84kg wrestling gold

Italy's Andrea Minguzzi won the 84kg wrestling gold medal on Thursday amid controversy within the weight division.

Minguzzi beat Hungarian Zoltan Fodor in the final after eliminating world and Olympic champion Aleksey Mishin of Russia in an earlier round.

But Ara Abrahamian refused to accept his bronze medal in protest at his semi-final defeat to Minguzzi, upset with the decision of the judges.

"It's all politics," said the Swede's coach, Leo Myllari.

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Video - Abrahamian refuses bronze medal

Minguzzi, a policeman from Imola, and Fodor began cautiously in the final, with the first two rounds ending even.

But then Minguzzi scored a throw late on to bag the title, winning 1-1 1-1 4-0.

Abrahamian, who came back strongly in the repechage after his elimination by Minguzzi, took centre stage at the medal ceremony.

After grudgingly climbing the podium, he took the bronze from around his neck before dropping it in the middle of the wrestling ring and walking off.

606: DEBATE

Earlier, the Swede had to be restrained by team-mates as a row erupted with the judges over the decision of the semi-final.

Swedish fans booed as the judges left the arena, although coach Myllari did not say if he intended to lodge a formal protest over the decision by referee Jean-Marc Petoud of Switzerland, judge Lee Ronald Mackay of Canada, and mat chairman Guillermo Orestes Molina of Cuba.

Abrahamian's bronze medal was later returned to the sport's governing body. Turkey's Nazmi Avluca took the other bronze.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forRussia 6 3 2 11
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 0 1 0
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forJapan 2 2 2 6
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 0 1 0
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forGeorgia 2 0 2 4
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forChina 1 2 0 3
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 0 1 0
Women's Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forUzbekistan 1 1 0 2
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 1 0 0
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forUSA 1 0 2 3
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 0 0 1
7 also show each event results forCanada 1 0 1 2
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 1 0 0
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forFrance 1 0 1 2
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forTurkey 1 0 1 2
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 1 0 0
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg 0 0 1
10 also show each event results forCuba 1 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 1 0 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 1 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg 1 0 0
12 also show each event results forUkraine 0 2 3 5
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 0 1 0
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forAzerbaijan 0 2 2 4
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 0 1 0
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 0 1 0
Women's Freestyle 48 kg 0 0 1
14 also show each event results forKazakhstan 0 1 4 5
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 96 kg 0 1 0
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 63 kg 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forBulgaria 0 1 3 4
Men's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg 0 0 1
Women's Freestyle 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forKyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Men's Greco-Roman 60 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 0 1 0
17 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg 0 1 0
18 also show each event results forHungary 0 1 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 84 kg 0 1 0
19 also show each event results forTajikistan 0 1 0 1
Men's Freestyle 84 kg 0 1 0
20 also show each event results forArmenia 0 0 2 2
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 0 0 1
21 also show each event results forBelarus 0 0 2 2
Men's Freestyle 74 kg 0 0 1
Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 0 0 1
22 also show each event results forColombia 0 0 1 1
Women's Freestyle 55 kg 0 0 1
23 also show each event results forIndia 0 0 1 1
Men's Freestyle 66 kg 0 0 1
24 also show each event results forIran 0 0 1 1
Men's Freestyle 60 kg 0 0 1
25 also show each event results forLithuania 0 0 1 1
Men's Greco-Roman 120 kg 0 0 1
26 also show each event results forPoland 0 0 1 1
Women's Freestyle 0 0 1
27 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 0 1 1
Men's Freestyle 120 kg 0 0 1
28 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 1 1
Men's Greco-Roman 55 kg 0 0 1

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