Russia's Vladimir Nikitin to get BMW for 'beating' Michael Conlan in Rio
Russia bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin will be driving around in a BMW thanks to his exploits at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Nikitin's controversial victory over Irish world champion Michael Conlan, which led to an expletive-laden attack on the AIBA from the Belfast fighter, guaranteed him a bronze medal and now he has secured an added bonus.
Russian News Agency TASS reports that the medallists will receive a gift from the Foundation for the Support of Russian Olympians.
All 19 Olympic gold winners will get BMW X6 luxury crossovers, the 18 silver medalists will receive BMW X5s, while the 19 bronze winners, including Nikitin will take home BMW X3 off-roaders.
Despite a blanket ban on all Russian competitors in athletics and weightlifting, Russia still brought home 56 medals and came fourth on the medals table behind the USA, Great Britain and China.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said: "This is so superb that you took our country to the fourth place in the overall medal standings having repeated the result of the  Olympic Games in London.
"Moreover, you have achieved this result under extremely complicated circumstances and amid an unprecedented pressure, which was exerted on our national team, on our whole sports society and on our country on the whole."
Nikitin was unable to fight in the semi-finals due to the extent of the injuries he sustained against Conlan in their last eight bout.
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