Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnik couldn't take it any more.

The world's No. 1 ranked women's wrestler in her 48kg class, Stadnik arrived in Rio for her third straight Olympics and was desperate for a gold medal after winning bronze in 2008 and silver in London four years ago.

But she came unstuck in a dramatic final and could not hide the pain of being second best when it came to the medal ceremony.

Her unhappy demeanour on the podium where she took her silver medal off as soon as she stepped down and wouldn't pose for photos with it followed Eri Tosaka's win over her in the showdown for the gold medal.

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The pair has a lengthy history with Japan's Tosaka dominating her rival. She won a major global title for the fourth year in a row after Stadnik had held a narrow 2-1 lead late in the gold medal match.

But Tosaka managed to get Stadnik to the mat and score a two-point takedown with about four seconds left on the clock. It gave Tosaka a 3-2 victory and her first Olympic gold medal.

For silver medalist Stadnik, it marks the third straight Olympics at which she has attained a medal. She previously won bronze in 2008 and silver in 2012.

But the gold being snatched from her proved too much emotionally.