Judo Medalist Beaten in Face During Robbery on Copacabana Beach
After celebrating his win, Dirk Van Tichelt found himself the victim of a robbery
Published at 6:59 AM EDT on Aug 10, 2016 | Updated at 7:26 AM EDT on Aug 10, 2016
The Belgian Olympic committee says judo competitor Dirk Van Tichelt was hit in the face during celebrations of his bronze medal performance on Copacabana beach.
It said that his phone was stolen late Monday on the popular strip and that he was hit as he was chasing the local thief.
Van Tichelt was taken to hospital for observation but needed no further treatment. He appeared with a black eye at a media event on Tuesday.
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