Sweden Argues Norden Should Receive Olympic Gold

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  • Published Aug 10, 2012
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After Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig and Sweden’s Lisa Norden crossed the finish line at the same time, Sweden is arguing that the analysis of the photo finish was not properly executed.

Sweden’s Olympic team is looking to get another Olympic gold medal, from the courts.

The Swedes appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday to award Lisa Norden a gold medal in the women’s triathlon after she finished second in a photo finish with Nicola Spirig of Switzerland.

Later Friday, a CAS panel is expected to hear the Swedish case challenging how the International Triathlon Union judged the photo finish.

Norden and Spirig were both timed in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 48 seconds at the end of a 1,500-meter swim, a 43-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in Hyde Park last Saturday.

An initial Swedish appeal to triathlon’s governing body was rejected Wednesday.

CAS said the latest Swedish case argues that the “ITU did not comply with its own rules.”

The governing body “may not have taken into account the position of the athletes’ torsos when establishing the medal positions,” the court said in summarizing Sweden’s position.

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