You'd think if an athlete just won bronze in the Olympics that he'd be happy; right? Apparently, that's not the case for Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian. During the medal ceremony of the 84kg Greco-Roman wrestiling event, Ara took off his medal and threw it into the middle of the wrestling mat before storming off.
Like you, I am asking myself why. Why would a guy who at least won a medal in possibly the biggest sporting event in the world be so upset that it made him quit? Initially, Ara didn't want to talk to reporters, but later he gave the reason for his action and announced that he would be quitting wrestling. He said: "I don't care about this medal. I wanted gold....This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure.
As it turns out, Ara had a difficult night. At the start of the competition, Ara didn't want to compete. However, at the begging of his teammates, 20 minutes before the competition, he went out and eventually competed. While talking with reporters he said, "I decided that I had come this far and didn’t want to let them down, so I wrestled,” he said.
People always find someone to blame for their troubles. This time was no different. Ara believes that the judges ruined his chance of winning the gold medal by making mistakes in their judgement. During the semi-final match against Andrea Minguzzi of Italy, Ara ran at the judges and started yelling at them for making a bad call. He had to be restrained by teammates and officials. As the judges left after the match, Swedish fans in the arena started booing and yelling at the judges.
So the whole reason why Ara Abrahamian threw a tantrum and left in anger was because the judges made a bad call and gave him the bronze. According to Ara's coach, Leo Myllari, it's all about politics. Call it politics or whatever you want, Ara shouldn't have acted like that. He can be disappointed about the outcome, sure; but don't show your anger in front of millions. That's just unprofessional. Myllari has not yet decided if he will lodge a formal complaint to the IOC over the judges' decision.
Early favorites in the wrestling event, such as Karam Gaber of Egypt and Aleski Mishin of Russia failed to reach the semi-finals. Andrea Minguzzi of Italy won gold and Zolton Fodor of Hungary won silver in this event..