Three Olympic appeals lodged

2004-09-16 12:28
Lausanne, Switzerland - The sports world's highest court has received three new appeals against medal results at last month's Athens Olympics.

Hungarian discus thrower Robert Fazekas is contesting the decision to strip him of the gold medal for a doping offence, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday.

The International Olympic Committee ruled that Fazekas refused to provide a complete urine sample in his post-competition drug test.

Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis appealed against the IOC decision to revoke his bronze medal in the 62kg class following a positive test for testosterone.

And the Canadian gymnastics federation is challenging the results of the men's vault final, seeking a bronze medal for Kyle Shewfelt.

Shewfelt was edged out of third place by Romania's Marian Dragulescu. The Canadians claim Dragulescu's performance was not judged according to the international gymnastics points code after the Romanian stumbled landing his second vault.

Two other Athens cases are still pending with the CAS.

South Korea's Yang Tae-young appealed on the last day of the Games, saying he should have been awarded gold in the men's all-around gymnastics instead of American Paul Hamm.

The international gymnastics federation has acknowledged that a scoring error cost the Korean the gold.

A decision is also pending in the case of Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima, who was tackled by a spectator while leading the race. He eventually finished third.

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