Naturally, he went off to Copacabana Beach that night to celebrate the achievement. And that’s where things went awry.
Van Tichelt was reportedly assaulted by a thief on the famous beach, and was struck in the face. He was taken to the hospital after the incident.
The thief, who was reportedly Brazilian, came away with a cellphone, but, crucially, not with a bronze medal.
That's some great country.
Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on Facebook, Or return home for award winning writing.