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Nordén beaten by Spirig in dramatic photo finish

Nordén beaten by Spirig in dramatic photo finish

Published: 04 Aug 2012 18:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Aug 2012 18:46 GMT+02:00

“We won’t contest the decision. We have looked at the images and the Swiss contestant is ahead. It is tight but clear,” said Anders Wiggerud, sports director for the Swedish Olympic Committee to daily Aftonbladet.

Nordén and Spirig finished so close in Saturday's triathlon that they were given the same time of 1 hour 59 minutes 48 seconds.

However after consulting the footage, officials said that the Swede finished 15 centimetres behind Spirig, therefore determining her as number two.

Despite being so close to the gold, being awarded the silver medal in the London 2012 Summer Olympics is still a feat for Nordén, as the athlete has been battling injuries for the last few months.

“Lisa’s journey over the last few month has been spectacular considering her injuries. And she still managed to pull it off. We have shed so many tears,” said team captain Thomas Viker to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The bronze went to Australia’s Erin Densham, coming in just two seconds behind Spirig and Nordén.

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19:42 August 4, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Congrats Sweden!
06:49 August 5, 2012 by Grokh
they should have given gold to both.
11:26 August 5, 2012 by Puffin
fantastic race - after hours of racing and them getting the same time initially until they were separated by thousanths of a second - I think a joint gold would have been fair
17:31 August 14, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
0.01 seconds. Dramatic performance.
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