A month after the Olympic gold medal was draped around his neck, Paul Hamm is still fighting to make sure it stays there.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear an appeal Sept. 27 from the South Korean gymnast who lost the all-around title to Hamm because of a scoring error. Yang Tae Young is asking that international gymnastics officials be ordered to correct the results of the all-around competition and adjust the medal rankings so he gets gold and Hamm gets a silver.
But the U.S. Olympic Committee is doing everything it can to make sure that doesn't happen, spokesman Darryl Seibel said. The USOC's general counsel has been working with Hamm's attorneys, and both will appear at the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Hamm's medal isn't the only one under review from the Olympic gymnastics competition. CAS announced yesterday that the Canadian gymnastics federation is challenging the results of the men's vault final, seeking a bronze medal for Kyle Shewfelt.
CAS also said it had received new appeals from Hungarian discus thrower Robert Fazekas and Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, who were stripped of medals for doping. No hearing dates were announced for any of the new cases.
CAS also has a decision pending in the case of Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima, who was tackled by a spectator while leading the race. He eventually finished third, but Brazilian officials want him to be awarded a duplicate gold medal.
Yang, who finished with a bronze, was wrongly docked a tenth of a point on his second-to-last routine, the parallel bars. He finished third, 0.049 points behind Hamm, who became the first American man to win gymnastics' biggest prize. But add the extra 0.100, and Yang would have finished 0.051 points ahead of Hamm.
That, however, assumes everything in the final rotation played out the same way.
The International Gymnastics Federation acknowledged the error and suspended three judges, but has said repeatedly that it won't change the results because the South Koreans didn't file a protest until after the meet. The International Olympic Committee refused to even consider the idea of giving Yang a gold medal.
So hours before the Games ended, Yang appealed to the CAS, sports' highest court.
-- From News Services