Iranian boycotts medal ceremony with Israeli shooter

June 23, 2016 15:52

Israeli shooter Sergey Richter claimed a bronze medal in the 10-meter air rifle competition at the World Cup event in Baku, Azerbaijan on Thursday, but the medal ceremony would overshadow his success.

Iranian Hossein Bagheri, who won the silver medal, didn't show up for the ceremony to ensure he wouldn't be photographed alongside the Israeli.

Richter did reveal after the event that Bagheri shook his hand off camera.

Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic won the gold medal.

The 27-year-old Richter is a former European champion and will be Israel's only shooter at the upcoming Rio Olympics.

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