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Spain, Italy want Danes' gold annulled

Spain and Italy have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on a controversial Olympic final in which Denmark took the gold medal despite sailing the deciding race in a boat borrowed from a Croatian crew.
The Danish crew of Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen were awarded the gold medal on Monday in the 49er skiff class. The Spanish crew took silver and Germany the bronze. Italy finished fourth.
The Danish crew's mast had broken during practice ahead of the start in the gold-medal final. They two got back into port and borrowed a boat from a Croatian crew _ with nationality markings CRO _ and managed to get across the start line just before the deadline. They finished seventh in the race, good enough to top the overall points standings.
Race juries rejected protests by Spain and Italy, so the second and fourth place finishers took the case to CAS, which has the final word in such disputes.
A statement from CAS said the Italian and Spanish committees want the decisions reversed, and want the court "to declare that the Danish team was not entitled to take part in the gold medal race, to disqualify the Danish team and to reallocate the Olympic medals to the Spanish team (gold medal), to the German team (silver medal) and to the Italian team (bronze medal)."
CAS said a closed hearing is set for Friday in Beijing.