Sweden lose triathlon appeal
HID Olympics 2012,
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has rejected Sweden's appeal for the women's Olympic triathlon to be declared a dead heat.
Sweden had hoped silver medallist Lisa Norden would be upgraded to gold but Cas say the photo-finish ruling, in which Nicola Spirig of Switzerland was adjudged to have fractionally crossed the line first, cannot be reversed.
Cas says it was a "field of play" decision by International Triathlon Union race officials and therefore it cannot be challenged.
The finale to the women's triathlon at London 2012 was remarkably close as the two female athletes broke the tape at exactly the same moment, with the times given as equal and a dead heat initially declared.
It took a thorough inspection of the photo finish by officials to confirm the Swiss athlete as the winner by a tiny fraction, with Norden having to settle for silver.
However, Sweden launched an appeal in the hope of seeing Norden being handed a gold as well but Cas have ruled the original result stands.