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‘This bronze is like ten golds for me’: Swede

‘This bronze is like ten golds for me’: Swede

Published: 08 Aug 2012 06:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Aug 2012 06:54 GMT+02:00

Jimmy Lidberg took home a bronze medal in the men’s 96 kilogramme Greco-Roman wrestling on Tuesday night in an emotional win over Belarus.

Lidberg, who won against Belarussian Tsimafei Dzeinitjenka, celebrated by jumping into the crowd and hugging his wife.

“After the season that I’ve had this bronze is like ten golds for me,” 30-year-old Lidberg told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN).

“I didn’t even know if I would be able to start one week ago.”

However, the road to the bronze was not without complication, with the Swede’s semi-final match against Russian Rustam Totrov including a ruling that the Swedish team appealed to no avail.

A point was deducted from Lidberg and given to the Russian, however the Swedish team is putting it behind them now following the bronze win.

“Now we can forget all the fuss in the Totrov match,” said coach Benni Ljungbäck to DN.

Lidberg, from Farsta in eastern Sweden, has been wrestling since the age of five and claims on his website that he was born to wrestle.

"I was already a big one in baby measurements, I weighed 4.8kg and I was 56cm tall."

The gold medal in the event was snagged by Iranian Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei with Russian Rustam Totrov taking the silver. The other bronze was won by Armenian Artur Aleksanyan.

The medal marks Sweden’s third bronze in the summer games, and Sweden’s seventh medal overall – leaving the country in 30th place.

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08:27 August 8, 2012 by Osk
Congratulations Jimmy. Pity the women's handball team did not work as hard as you have - they were pathetic
09:21 August 8, 2012 by Migga
A nice rebound from the early elimination by the judges against the russian.

@ Osk

And three of them still felt entiteled to have a good time and visit Usain Bolt in his hotelroom at 3 am. They sure made the news even though they didn`t win a single match. Nice message those players send to future generations of swedish female handball players.
13:04 August 8, 2012 by Jes
HAHA !!!!!

Its always the judges agaist Sweden , isn`t it ?
13:42 August 8, 2012 by stacyfeldi
I was there to watch this event in London's Excel centre. As someone with no knowledge of the sport, I enjoyed every minute of it. It was electrifying!!

You could see how emotional it was for Sweden and for Lidberg to have come so far and to be standing on the podium receiving a medal.

Congratulations!!! I hope there are many more wins after this!!
19:53 August 8, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Congratulations on your win!!
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