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Protests, storms disrupt 49er medal race

August 18, 2008
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QINGDAO, China - Denmark's Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen are now the official winners of the 49er skiff gold medal in sailing after protests against their winning race delayed the result by nearly a day.

A jury's rejection of protests means the Danes get the gold, with silver to Spain's Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez, who won the title in Athens fours years ago, and bronze to Germany's Jan-Peter Peckolt and Hannes Peckolt.

In yesterday's dramatic medal race in strong winds and rough conditions, the Danes broke their mast just before racing started. They rushed back to port and borrowed the skiff from the Croatian boat and sailed to overall victory. Protests that were rejected today included one that the Danes had switched boats illegally.

International sailing federation spokesman David Knapman said the protest was filed on the grounds the team could not start in another country's boat.

Two other protests also were filed, demanding the race be annulled because it started after the 4:30 p.m. deadline. The race, scheduled to start at 3 p.m., was delayed because of storms.

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