Korean appeals gymnastics ruling

Aug. 29, 2004 at 8:54 AM
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ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- South Korean gymnast Yang Tae Young has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding a scoring error that cost him a gold medal.

Young has asked the abitrators to order the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) to change the medal standings in the all-around event -- where American Paul Hamm was awarded gold.

The case involving Hamm touched off a furor in South Korea. Because the judges made mistake in judging the difficulty of Young's parallel bars routine, he was denied a tenth of a point that he deserved.

If the event had been scored correctly, Young would have won the gold and Hamm the silver. Young, instead, finished third.

FIG has said said the scoring would stand, but then asked the United States consider giving back the gold medal. The USOC refused, saying it would back Hamm.

The arbitration case will be heard in Lausanne, Switzerland, after the Olympics. The panel will be made up of arbitrators from England, Germany and Kenya.

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