Austrian and British Appeal Aaron Peirsol’s Reinstatement

By Stephen J. Thomas

ATHENS, August 19. FOLLOWING the reinstatement of the gold medal in the 200 backstroke to American Aaron Peirsol, FINA received a written protest from the Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain (ASFGB) and the Austrian Swimming Federation (VOS) regarding the reinstatement of Peirsol.

The Jury of Appeal heard the Referee and the FINA Technical Swimming Commission, after which the Jury of Appeal unanimously decided to reject the protest of ASFGB and VOS as the report of the referee did not show any violation of the FINA Swimming Rules by Peirsol.

Late tonight it appears that the British Olympic Committee were considering an apeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and would announce their decision tomorrow morning.

The British swimmer James Goddard finished fourth in the 200 backstroke 2.81 seconds behind Peirsol.

A story will be posted as soon as a decision is confirmed.

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