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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Britains law awarded Gold after appeal

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posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 11:19 AM
Leslie Law has become Great Britain's first eventing gold medallist since 1972 after a successful appeal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the combined British, French and American appeal against Bettina Hoy's triumph on Wednesday, concluding that the German rider had crossed the start line twice and should therefore be deducted 14 points.

It confirmed Law as Britain's fifth gold medal of the Olympics, with team-mate Pippa Funnell moving up from fourth to claim bronze.

And, while France oust Germany from top spot in the team standings, it also means Britain are upgraded from third to the silver medal position they claimed in Sydney, with the United States landing a bronze.

The three-man CAS panel, comprising South Africa's Deon van Zyl, Canada's Richard McLaren and Greece's Pantelis Dedes sat for two and a half hours on Friday, listening to evidence from all sides.

Hoy was present, leaving the hearing in tears afterwards, although at that time she did not know the result.

The rider, who lives in Stroud, was claimed to have twice gone through the start gate on her fateful round, tripping the start clock, which was then returned to zero by an official when it became apparent that she had not actually begun her round.

An original appeal immediately after the incident was upheld, then overturned, leading to British, French and American frustration.

GB team bosses were adamant the outcome was wrong and their ad-hoc court has come down in their favour and handed 39-year-old Law the gold.

Sporting Life

[Edited on 21/8/04 by TRD]

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