Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bizarre Olympic Moment - Day 7

Each day of the 2008 Olympics we're going to find a bizarre clip or story from a past Summer Olympics. Today we'll look at South Korean boxer Byun Jong-il.

In 1988, in front of his home country, bantamweight Byung Jong-il (or Jung Il Byun according to some) of South Korea was fighting Bulgarian Alexander Hristov. It was a close battle until Jong-il was docked two points for using his head in the fight by the referee, Keith Walker of New Zealand.

Jong-il decided the only thing he could do to protest such an injustice was sit by himself in the corner of the ring for 67 minutes.

It may work for toddlers but Jong-il's protest fell on deaf ears. The sit-in eventually ended when the organisers turned out the lights on the Korean.

Walker ended up getting attacked by Jong-il's trainers and a security guard who was hired to protect him. Those Koreans must really like their bantamweight fights.
(Information from Virgin Media and AOL Sports)

Take a look at the 16 most bizarre Olympic moments in history:

Day 1 - Eric "The Eel" Moussambani
Day 2 - Betty Robinson
Day 3 - Sally Robbins
Day 4 - Abebe Bilkila
Day 5 - 1972 USA Basketball team
Day 6 - Bobby Pearce
Day 7 - Byun Jong-il
Day 8 - Stella Walsh
Day 9 - Spanish Paralympic Basketball Team
Day 10 - Ingeborg Marx
Day 11 - Vanderlei de Lima
Day 12 - Hans-Jurgen Todt
Day 13 - Liu Changchun
Day 14 - Dorando Pietri
Day 15 - 1956 Hungarian Water Polo Team
Day 16 - 1960 Tunisian Modern Pentathlon Team

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm going to do that in the next time my basketball team loses! lol!