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Friday, 22 October 2004

Hamm Breaths Sigh of Relief

It is reported that U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm will keep his gymnastic gold medal from the Athens Olympics, despite the protest from a South Korean competitor.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the request by Yang Tae Young to award him the gold. Yang Tae Young based his claim on the judges making a 10th-of-a-point mistake, that gymnastics officials said cost him the title.

The court statement said:

"An error identified with the benefit of hindsight whether admitted or not, cannot be a ground for reversing a result of a competition...".

I agree, judging sports will always be prone to human error; that's life.

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