Bloodied Russian wrestler builds bandage-helmet during Olympic bout (PHOTOS)

Aniuar Geduev (RUS) of Russia has blood on his face during the match against Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI) of Iran. © Adrees Latif
Russian wrestler Aniuar Geduev looked as if he was at risk of being “mummified” alive by medical staff during a bloody medal-showdown for the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle Olympic title.

Expectations were high after Geduev knocked out the world’s №.1 and 2012 Olympic champion, Jordan Burroughs, in the quarterfinals.

Aniuar Geduev (RUS) of Russia and Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI) of Iran compete. © Adrees Latif

However, the Russian’s final bout against Iran’s Hassan Yazdani never really got off the ground due to the many frustrating stoppages that were required to bandage Geduev’s profusely bleeding eye.

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Aniuar Geduev (RUS) of Russia has blood on his face during the match against Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI) of Iran. © Adrees Latif

Geduev entered the bout with a simple bandage on his head to cover a small cut he had received from a head-butt during a previous match, but when the blood-gates opened during the Olympic final, they truly would not close. 

Aniuar Geduev (RUS) of Russia and Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI) of Iran compete. © Toru Hanai

Yazdani stood on the sidelines as Geduev’s increasingly swollen eye was re-bandaged four times, until he was eventually left sporting a kind of helmet that encased his entire head.

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Obviously, Twitter had fun with the resulting images.

In the end, the Iranian seized gold and Geduev emerged from the bout with the silver.

Thankfully, Geduev was able to ditch the headgear before hitting the podium to claim his prize.

Aniuar Geduev (RUS) of Russia poses with his medal. © Toru Hanai

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