Olympics: Motzer misses out on bronze

Motzer (in blue) feels his medal chances slipping away Keystone

St Gallen wrestler Beat Motzer has failed in his bid to win an Olympic bronze medal, after being soundly beaten by Georgia's Akaki Chachua.

This content was published on September 26, 2000 - 12:13

Chachua came into the under 63 kg bout having already beaten Motzer once, during the 1998 European Championships in Minsk, and the Georgian wasted little time reasserting his authority.

Within seconds of the start, Chachua had thrown Motzer off his feet and into the danger position to take a three point lead. Motzer responded quickly, turning Chachua's shoulders towards the mat for two points.

But with more than a minute of the first round remaining Chachua wrapped up the bout. Once again he turned Motzer, holding him in the danger position for five seconds to take another three points.

Moments later the scoring was irrelevant. The Georgian pulled off a decisive move, pinning Motzer to the mat for an automatic victory.

Motzer had been hoping to win Switzerland's first Olympic wrestling medal since Hugo Dietsche took bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

But despite failing to make the podium, Motzer's fourth-place finish ranks as one of the highlights of his career, alongside the silver medal he won at this year's European Championships.

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