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Swedes appeal in triathlon

LONDON — Sweden 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.

A court panel was expected to hear the case challenging how the International Triathlon Union judged the photo finish. Norden and Spirig were both timed in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 48 seconds Saturday. An initial Swedish appeal to triathlon's governing body was rejected.

Cyclist stripped of medal: American cyclist Tyler Hamilton, who admitted to doping in an interview on 60 Minutes last year, was stripped of the gold medal he won in the 2004 road race time trial by the International Olympic Committee. The gold will be awarded to Russia's Viatcheslav Ekimov. The IOC had a deadline of eight years from the day the medal was won to make the move. It said the delay was because it wanted to ensure Ekimov was not implicated in any doping cases because Hamilton and Ekimov had been teammates of Lance Armstrong, who has been accused of doping.

Runner to carry u.s. flag: Bryshon Nellum was selected to carry the U.S. flag at the closing ceremony Sunday in a vote of U.S. team members. Nellum, who was part of the silver medal-winning 1,600-meter relay team and missed by .03 seconds a place in the 400 final, was told by doctors in 2008 he would never run again at a world-class level after being shot in the leg in a drive-by shooting. "I'm humbled by this incredible privilege," Nellum said in a statement.

ratings: The Games have passed 210 million total viewers, surpassing the 1996 Games in Atlanta (209 million) for the second-most-watched event in U.S. TV history, NBC said.

Swedes appeal in triathlon 08/10/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 10, 2012 8:09pm]
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