Judo Bronze Medalist Gets Mugged While Out Celebrating Victory

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Dirk Van Tichelt managed to nab a bronze medal in the 73-kg class for judo, and, understandably, went out later that night to celebrate on Copacabana Beach. But while he was out, he ran into a mugger who sucker-punched him in the face and stole his cell phone. 

Fortunately, the attacked didn’t get his hands on the medal itself, which allowed Van Tichelt to take the above picture the following day, complete with a black eye from the attack.

Here’s a tweet of the photo from a news outlet:

Sadly, the attacker didn’t receive any comeuppance at the hands of the athlete, but the important thing is that he’s ok.

Man, it would have been nice, though if Dirk had just pummeled that mugger…