Thursday, October 21, 2004

Paul Hamm Stays Gold

From the AP:

Paul Hamm can keep his Olympic gold medal. Sports’ highest court rejected a South Korean appeal Thursday, ruling that Hamm is the rightful champion in the men’s all-around gymnastics competition at the Athens Games.

The decision by a three-judge panel from the Court of Arbitration for Sport ends a saga that began more than two months ago when South Korea’s Yang Tae-young claimed a scoring error cost him the title.

Yang asked the court to order international gymnastics officials to change the results and adjust the medal rankings to give him the gold and make Hamm settle for silver. But the CAS panel dismissed the appeal, leaving Hamm with the gold and Yang with his bronze. There are no more appeals available to Yang.

Hamm won the gold Aug. 18, rallying from 12th place with only two events left to become the first American man to win gymnastics’ biggest prize.

Paul Hamm

Let’s hope the election doesn’t take this long.