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Oh yeah.

So you remember the post about the Cuban tae kwon do Olympian who threw a tantrum and kicked the ref in the head? Well now Castro has come to his defense. VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!!

From the Associated Press:

HAVANA – Fidel Castro on Monday defended the Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked a referee in the face at the Beijing Olympics, saying Angel Matos was rightfully indignant over his disqualification from the bronze-medal match.

Taekwondo officials called Matos’ behavior an insult to the Olympic vision. Matos’ coach countered that the match was fixed and accused the Kazakhs of offering him money.

Castro said the alleged bribery attempt gave Matos good reason to expect the judges to treat him unfairly.

“They had tried to buy his own coach,” Castro wrote in his essay published in state media. “He could not contain himself.”

I love Top Gear.

This is a big reason why.

That is definitely bad form. And totally against the Olympic spirit. What I like is that the coach is completely unapologetic about it…

From the Associated Press:

BEIJING – A Cuban taekwondo athlete and his coach were banned for life after Angel Matos kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos’ actions during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.

Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

“He was too strict,” Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money.

Shooter Matt Emmons lost the gold in Athens for shooting when, inexplicably, he shot at the wrong target in the finals. Not to be outdone, he made it back to the Olympic finals and this time lost the gold when his gun went off before he had aimed. Sounds like Mr. Emmonds has performance anxiety.

I feel sorry for his wife. Though not that sorry because she won both Gold & Silver in shooting for the Czech Republic this year… Awkward!

From the Chicago Tribune:

BEIJING – Something happens to Matt Emmons of Browns Mills, N.J., when he reaches the final of the three-position rifle event.

Four years ago in Athens, it appeared as if he were on his way to a gold medal when he cross-fired and hit the wrong target. That day wasn’t a total loss. He met his future wife, a Czech shooter, when she came to console him.

Perhaps something good also will come from Sunday’s mishap, when he got an itchy trigger finger in the final, fired too soon, missed the target completely and dropped from first to fourth place.

“I didn’t feel my finger shaking, but I guess it was,” said Emmons, who last week won a silver medal in men’s prone. “I realized it went off and I hoped it made it into the black. I call it a freak of nature.”

China’s Qiu Jian got the gold medal.

Emmons got a big hug from his wife, Katerina, who has won a gold and silver here for Czech Republic.

Sometimes Bush is strong…

Don’t let him handle things like politics and war but give him a good guy moment and he’ll make the most of it. This was from today at the women’s beach volleyball events at the Beijing Olympics.