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Brazilian Olympic Committee Requests Gold Medal for Marathon Runner - 2004-10-04

The Brazilian Olympic Committee is asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport to award the Olympic marathon gold medal to Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, after he was attacked by a spectator during the race.

De Lima was leading the marathon at the Athens Olympics when he was tackled by a spectator. He eventually finished third.

The court said Monday it had received the appeal, which asked for de Lima to be awarded the gold medal to "remedy the damages he suffered." But the complaint also asked that the other competitors be allowed to keep their medals, which would mean Italy's Stefano Baldini would keep his gold medal and American Mebrahtom Keflezighi the silver.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport did not say when the case would be heard, but noted that it normally rules within four months of an appeal being filed.