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Russia appeals skiathlon decision over bronze

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 12:18 am •  Published: February 10, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Russia has appealed a jury's decision to let a Norwegian skier keep his bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics despite impeding Maxim Vylegzhanin in the final sprint.

The International Ski Federation says it received the Russian appeal on Monday and has 72 hours to make a ruling. However, FIS spokesman Michal Lamplot said the case is likely to be dealt with quicker, as "everyone is waiting for this decision."

Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the bronze after beating Vylegzhanin by 0.1 seconds. However, he clearly crossed into his Russian rival's lane a few meters before the finish line and the host team claimed that unfairly impeded Vylegzhanin.

Russia protested immediately, but a jury ruled initially that the rule violation didn't affect the outcome as Sundby was already ahead of Vylegzhanin.


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