so i went to lapa (notorious street partying area of rio) on friday night with a group of people from one of the hostels near me. ended up going to a dance club, which turned out to be pretty weak, so 4 of the group (hot chinese/american chicks) decided to leave. of course this seemed like a good time to leave too.
we walked through the crowd to a spot where we could catch a taxi, i turn and see one of the 5 foot tall chinese chicks wrestling with some guy! he's maybe early 20's and lean, who takes off down the street through the throng of people. obviously i know he's took something from her, and in that split second i decide to chase him.
he has maybe a 20 metre headstart on me but he's running crazy, hitting people and foodcarts and stuff, and he didn't bank on someone who ran track as a youth chasing him.
he never looks back and it takes me maybe 50 metres of dodging wide eyed revellers to catch him with double underhooks round the waist. i haul him backwards and strip what's still in his hands away. i then TOSS this guy with the most effortless adrenaline assisted suplex i have ever done in my life and he hits pavement on his head and shoulders.
as he gets up, i weigh up my options. this is rio, and he could be armed...with a knife, or a gun, or anything. i don't want to turn my back on him and return until i'm sure he's not a threat. he's maybe 8 feet from me, and takes a step forward...
i match his step making myself look big...
and he bolts.
i look at what i have in my hands and see the girl's camera. my heart pounds and i can almost feel the adrenaline in my ears and my quickened breath. i walk back to where i left the girls and they're fortunately still there. i produce the camera, and the girl nearly breaks my ribs with a hug. people are coming up to me asking in portuguese if i'm alright, and if i caught him. i tell them everything is cool, i got the camera back, they pat me on the back and the chinese chicks and i head off for the zona sul.
i feel like batman and this is my gotham