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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: American Giddens wins kayak silver

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posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 08:04 AM
Tony Estanguet of France won the gold medal Wednesday in the canoeing single slalom when a post-race review gave Michal Martikan of Slovakia a two-second penalty.

Martikan, the final competitor to race, appeared to finish first when he crossed the line for a time of 187.28. Several flag-waving fans, who had followed him on foot as he moved down the course, began cheering wildly. Martikan raised his arms and paddle in the air and was announced the winner.

Several minutes later, with the women's kayak single slalom having taken center stage, officials released new results. A two-second penalty increased Martikan's final time to 189.28.

Estanguet finished in 189.16. Stefan Pfannmoeller of Germany took the bronze in 191.56.

International Canoe Federation official Andre Luiz Behs said the penalty had been recorded by a race official, but had not been properly transferred.

"There was a clear penalty on Gate 5 that was not transmitted through the electronic system,'' Behs said.

The review period continued for several more minutes before the gold was officially awarded to Estanguet.

Elena Kaliska of Slovakia won the gold medal in the kayaking single slalom.

American Rebecca Giddens won silver, and Helen Reeves of Britain took the bronze.

Estanguet was delighted with his win.

"I was at my best. I paddled as I needed to, and that makes me want to continue until Beijing 2008,'' he said.

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