Paralympics 2012

Discus athlete to keep medals

2012-09-02 16:31
Paralympics (File)

London - A Ukrainian athlete who was stripped of her F35/36 discus gold after a computer error will be allowed to keep her medal but will also be awarded silver, the International Paralympic Committee said on Sunday.

Mariaa Pomazan had won the first athletics gold of the Games on Friday ahead of two Chinese athletes - Wu Qing and Bao Jiongyu - only to see London 2012 organisers LOCOG announce later that the wrong medals were awarded.

The amended result saw Pomazan and Wu swap places, with Bao relegated to fourth and replaced by Australia's Katherine Proudfoot in the bronze position.

IPC spokesperson Craig Spence told reporters on Sunday: "The Ukrainian athlete (Pomazan) who originally won gold will get to keep that gold medal as will the Chinese athlete (Bao) who won bronze."

Spence said the decision had been made "in the spirit of fair play" as the athletes were at the time competing against the scoreboard.

In combined class field events, a statistical model - called the Raza system, - is used to determine final positions on points rather than distance. LOCOG said the mix-up was down to "inaccurate results data".

The same problem affected the men's F42/44 shot put but the final medal positions were not impacted.

Read more on:    paralympics 2012

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Do South Africa's Olympians and Paralympians deserve equal monetary rewards for winning gold, silver and bronze medals in London?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.