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Cuban taekwondo athlete goes out kicking

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matos.jpgIn this file photo, Cuban Angel Matos kicks his competitor. He kicked a ref in Beijing on Saturday. (AP photo)

Angel Matos had just been disqualified for exceeding the allotted injury time in the bronze medal taekwando match. The Cuban disagreed with the referee's judgment so he decided to show his displeasure by doing the only sensible thing: kicking the official in the head.

"Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.


Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out."

Kicking? Spitting? Perhaps Matos should look into competitve tantrum throwing in 2012. Although he'd have some stiff competition.

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Like in the Boxing matches these ref's are crooked! points don't get counted and deductions appear to even or decide matches. Not 1 American boxing medal? come on.
Kyle responds: But you used your words and you didn't kick anything or anyone. We are proud of you.

Even if the refs are crooked, should an athlete kick an official in the face? Animals....animals

i cant believe he did that it was stupid but awesome

What the cuban did was a disgrace. But please don't use terms like "animals" to discribe entire people groups. 100 years ago, Ty Cobb,an American Baseball player was displaying some of this very same sad behavior..

I approve.
Kyle responds: Chuck Norris doesn't read blogs. He consumes blogs.

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