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CAS Confirms Women’s Olympic Triathlon Results

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Aug 11, 2012
The photo finish. Image provided by Triathlon.org.

Sweden’s appeal to try to get Lisa Norden a gold medal was not successful.

Read the press release from ITU below:

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed the results of the women’s triathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games, dismissing an appeal filed by the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Swedish Triathlon Federation.

Norden will remain as the silver medalist while Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig, who was declared the winner at the conclusion of the race, will keep her gold medal as the Olympic champion.

In an extremely close sprint finish in the women’s triathlon competition at Hyde Park on Saturday Aug. 4, Spirig and Norden clocked the exact same time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 48 seconds. But the race referee declared Spirig the gold medallist and Norden the silver medalist according to ITU Competition Rules.

After the race, the Swedish Olympic Committee and Swedish Triathlon Federation officially appealed the results. The ITU Executive Board met and upheld the race referee’s decision.

The Swedish Olympic Committee referred the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which confirmed the original results.

This was the first time Olympic gold in triathlon was decided by a photo finish.

FILED UNDER: News / Olympics

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