Bust-up at wrestling arena

2004-08-29 17:14
Atehns - There was a bust-up at the Olympic wrestling competition on Sunday after Murad Gaidarov of Belarus was pipped for a semi-final spot by 1996 Atlanta gold medallist Buvaysa Saytiev of Russia.

Gaidarov was infuriated when Saytiev was awarded the winning point after just six seconds of overtime after the pair tied 2-2 in the 74kg freestyle category.

The Belarus wrestler, runner-up to Saytiev at last year's world championships, refused to shake hands with the victor and had to be stopped from entering the judging area.

As he was escorted out of the arena a fracas erupted and several spectators jumped from the stands to join in.

Extra police rushed to the scene and Gaidarov was hustled away by his coach and security personnel.

Saytiev later denied reports that he had been involved in the melee and exchanged punches with Gaidarov.

An International Wrestling Federation spokesperson said that the matter would be investigated and the offenders faced fines of $10 000.

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