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A former Olympic wrestling champion celebrating his 50th birthday was brought down by seven police officers in Ukraine after he resisted an arrest for drunk driving.

Video showed Vyacheslav Oliynyk -- who won the gold for Ukraine in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta -- arguing with two officers before the confrontation turned violent.

When Oliynyk took an aggressive step at one of the men, they started tussling, and the officers sprayed pepper spray into his face and struck him with a baton.

With his face apparently covered in blood, Oliynyk took a full-on swing at one of the officers, missing his face by inches. The other officers swooped in to subdue him, but not without a fight.

Oliynyk later spoke to reporters, saying he was released that day. He acknowledged that he should have handled the situation better but said he was 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," he said, according to Daily Mail. "However, the fact that police let me go home on the same day shows I didn't do anything that bad."

Watch the clash above.


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