Arbitration court dismisses Canadian protest on women's 500 short track race

Updated: February 17, 2006, 3:08 PM ET
Associated Press

TURIN, Italy -- The Canadian Olympic Committee lost its appeal over the finish of the women's 500-meter short track final.

The Canadians contended silver medalist Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria crossed the finish line with her front skate tilted in the air. The rules require skaters to cross the line with both skates on the ice.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the case in a hearing Friday, with a written decision expected later.

The Canadians had sought to have Anouk Leblanc-Boucher's bronze medal upgraded to silver.

In turn, Canada's Kalyna Roberge, who won the "B" final and finished fourth overall after China's Fu Tianyu was disqualified in the "A" final, could have received the bronze.

After the "A" final, officials reviewed the video and awarded Leblanc-Boucher the bronze and disqualified Fu for cross-tracking -- improperly crossing the course or interfering with another skater.

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