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France Gets Equestrian Gold Medal After Appeals Panel Overturns Results

Sunday, August 22, 2004; Page E17

Germany won a gold medal, then lost another.

The Germans extended their domination in team dressage, winning the gold with an average team score of 74.653 percent. Germany has won the team gold at every Olympics since 1976, except for the boycotted 1980 Games.

Spain was second and the United States took the bronze.

Germany's Helke Kemmer, riding Bonaparte, acknowledges the crowd. (Mike Finn-kelcey -- Reuters)

_____ Day 9 _____
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The U.S. men's 4x100 medley relay team sets a world record.
The Iraqi soccer team is one step away from a medal.
Netherlands' de Bruijn wins 50-meter freestyle.
The two U.S. women's pairs advanced to the quarterfinals in beach volleyball.
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Justine Henin-Hardenne wins Belgium's first gold of these Games.
Britain's Bradley Wiggins wins gold in individual pursuit at the velodrome.
Officials confiscate stimulants found in warehouse of Greek sprinter's former coach.
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___ Saturday's Medals Results ___
Men's team
Women's 100
Women's discus
Men's singles
Women's doubles
Cycling (Track)
Men's 4,000-meter individual pursuit
Men's team sprint
Dressage team
Men's team foil
Gymnastics (Trampoline)
Men's individual
Men's single sculls
Men's double sculls
Men's pairs
Mens' four
Women's single sculls
Women's pairs
Women's double sculls
Men's Finn
Men's 470
Women's 470
Women's yngling
Men's 25-meter rapid fire pistol
Men's 1,500 freestyle
Men's 4 X 100m medley relay
Women's 50 freestyle
Women's 4 X 100m medley relay
Table Tennis
Men's doubles
Women's singles
Men's doubles
Men's 85kg
Women's over 75kg

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The anchor rider for the United States was Robert Dover, aboard Kennedy, and he put up a solid 71.625.

A few hours later, Germany lost its gold medal from the three-day equestrian team event earlier in the week.

France was awarded the gold in that event after winning an appeal with Britain and the United States. The ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport resulted in Germany falling from first to fourth, while Britain got the silver and the United States took the bronze.

Initially, the judges gave Germany the gold and France the silver, while Britain took bronze.

But the same officials, concerned that Germany's Bettina Hoy might have crossed the start line twice on the show-jumping course, then docked Germany 14 points, dropping it from first place to fourth.

Germany protested and an equestrian appeals committee reversed the judges' decision, restoring Germany's gold. The ruling yesterday reversed the outcome one more time, leaving Germany empty-handed.

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