SASSARI, Italy, June 2 (UPI) -- Israeli wrestler Ilana Kartysh says her Egyptian opponent bit her and broke two of her fingers during their semifinal match in the Golden Grand Prix tournament.
"I can't remember such dirty behavior in sports," Kartysh, 22 -- who became the first Israeli to win a gold medal in the tournament in Italy Saturday -- told Ynetnews.com. Kartysh competed in the 147.7-pound weight category.
After beating opponents from Hungary and Kazakhstan, she faced African champion Anas Mostafa of Egypt. Mostafa refused to shake her hand prior to the match and as the two wrestled she broke two of Kartysh's fingers and bit her on the back. At the end of the match, Mostafa refused again to shake her hand, Kartysh said.
"In wrestling you must shake hands at the beginning of a match and at the end of a match. But not only did she refuse to shake my hand, she even broke my fingers and bit me until I began bleeding. On the ground when she was on top of me, she just bit me. I have her teeth marks on my back," Kartysh said adding, "Because of her dirty behavior my desire to beat her grew stronger."
Kartysh said winning the gold medal and hearing Israel's national anthem was a peak in her career.
"I can't describe how proud I felt hearing Hatikva [Israel's national anthem] playing in the end," she said.