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WATCH: Mongolian coaches protest wrestler’s loss in bronze medal match

Wrestling - Olympics: Day 16

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Mongolias coaches protest the judges decision after Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (red) of Mongolia is defeated by Ikhtiyor Navruzov (blue) of Uzbekistan in the Men’s Freestyle 65kg Bronze match against on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Moments away from his first Olympic medal, Mongolia’s Ganzorig Mandakhnaran missed out on the podium in one of the worst ways imaginable.

With a 7-6 lead over Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan in the final seconds of the 65 kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match, Mandakhnaran began celebrating his apparent victory. The problem: one of Mandakhnaran’s coaches ran onto the mat before time had expired (two seconds early), resulting in Navruzov being awarded a penalty point that gave him the bronze medal. Mandakhnaran and his coaches celebrated, not realizing that they had actually lost the match.

Not realizing what happened until he looked at the scoreboard, Mandakhnaran protested the decision. But as was the case with the initial celebration, his coaches took things even further.

One coach began stripping off his jacket and shirt to the delight of the crowd, with the other doing the same (and removing his pants as well) after encouraging the crowd to cheer even louder. What a brutal way for an athlete to lose a medal, and in the case of those coaches it will be interesting to see what the consequences are for them.