Athens, Greece – Four years after his astonishing push to
gold, Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner of the United States takes
bronze at 264 and a-half pounds.
Then Gardner also untied his shoes and, with tears on his face,
left the shoes in the center of the ring - a traditional sign of
Gardner beat Sajad Barzi of Iran 3-0 in his final match after
being upset in the semifinals by Georgi Tsurtsumia of Kazakhstan.
After leaving his shoes on the mat, Gardner cried and blew
kisses to the crowd as he walked around the arena holding an