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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)


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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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