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VIDEO:  Former Olympic Wrestler Fights Seven Police Officers

Vyacheslav Oliynyk won gold while wrestling for the country of Ukraine in the 1996 summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Last Wednesday however, while celebrating his 50th birthday in Kiev, Oliynyk has one too many drinks and was pulled over by police officers.

Former Olympic wrestler Vyacheslav Oliynyk fights off seven police officers. Photo courtesy of

Former Olympic wrestler Vyacheslav Oliynyk fights off seven police officers. Photo courtesy of

The below video shows the Olympic wrestler becoming irate with officers after they stopped him.  The officers used pepper spray and batons to try and subdue Oliynyk but their efforts were not doing the job until he was completely outnumbered at seven to one.  Oliynyk bleeds profusely as a result of the exchange.

Following his arrest, Oliynyk spoke to the local media, where he admitted “partial” guilt.

“I admit I was partially guilty, I can’t tell you the whole thing. I’m partly guilty because I did not stop and I was ignoring the police. But I am not a criminal. As far as I can see there will be a court hearing and they will punish me somehow because they always do. However the fact that police let me go home on the same day shows I didn’t do anything that bad.”

Oliynyk wrestled at 90kg during the 1996 summer Olympics and won his gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling.