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Russian protest rejected after men's skiathlon

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 7:55 am •  Published: February 9, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The Russian cross-country skiing team lodged an unsuccessful protest against the results of the men's 30-kilometer skiathlon Sunday at the Olympics, saying Maxim Vylegzhanin was impeded in the sprint for the bronze medal.

Vylegzhanin lost a tight race against Martin Johnsrud Sundby for bronze, with the Norwegian finishing 0.1 seconds in front. However, Sundby cut into the Russian's lane shortly before the finish line, and the Russian team claimed it had given him an unfair advantage.

The International Ski Federation upheld the results after a brief jury deliberation, but gave Sundby a written reprimand over the maneuver. However, the jury ruled it didn't affect the results as Sundy was already in front of Vylegzhanin and would have won the sprint anyway, FIS spokesman Michal Lamplot said.

Vyacheslav Vedenin, a spokesman for the Russian cross-country skiing federation, refused to comment on the jury decision, and would not say whether the team would lodge a second protest to FIS' appeals committee.

Lamplot said no appeal had been received by FIS. If the Russians do appeal, a decision would be made within 72 hours, he said.

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