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Judo Medalist Beaten in Face During Robbery on Copacabana Beach

After celebrating his win, Dirk Van Tichelt found himself the victim of a robbery

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    Dirk Van Tichelt of Belgium (blue) celebrates defeating Miklos Ungvari of Hungary by an ippon (10 points) during day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Judo on Monday, August 08 held at the Carioca Arenas 2, Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    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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