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Russian appeal over skiathlon bronze rejected

February 11, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The International Ski Federation has rejected an appeal by Russia over the Olympic bronze medal in the men’s cross-country skiathlon after a Norwegian skier impeded his Russian rival in the final sprint.

FIS says its appeals commission upheld a jury decision to let Martin Johnsrud Sundby keep the bronze, despite having crossed into the lane of Maxim Vylegzhanin just before the finish. Sundby beat Vylegzhanin by 0.1 seconds in a race won by Dario Cologna of Switzerland.

Russia protested after the race, and a jury ruled that Sundby had broken the rules but that it didn’t affect the outcome of the race because he was already ahead of Vylegzhanin.

FIS said its appeals committee “has supported the jury decision” to only give Sundby a written reprimand.

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