BEIJING: A Swedish wrestler was disqualified and stripped of his bronze for dropping the medal in protest after a disputed loss at the Olympics.

Ara Abrahamian was punished by the International Olympic Committee for violating the spirit of fairplay during the medal ceremony, becoming the fourth athlete to be kicked out of the Games and bringing the number of medals removed to three.

Abrahamian became incensed when a disputed penalty call decided his semifinal match against Italian Andrea Minguzzi, who went on to win the gold medal in the Greco-Roman 84-kg division on Thursday.

During the medal ceremony, the Armenia-born Abrahamian — who also lost the 2004 Olympic semifinal on a disputed call — took the bronze from around his neck and angrily dropped it on the mat as he walked away. He did not take part in the rest of the medal ceremony. — AP

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