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Laser sailor brings home Sweden's fifth Olympic medal

Myrgren's mast could cost him the bronze

Published måndag 6 augusti 2012 kl 16.34
Photo: Jussi Nukari

Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren took the bronze in laser sailing Monday, but a protest over his mast could cost him the medal, TT news agency reports.

With his bronze medal in laser sailing Rasmus Myrgren brought home the fifth Olympic medal for Sweden. But a protest levelled at the sailor could cost him the medal.

Stefan Rahm with the Swedish Sailing Association told TT that the protest centers on Myrgren's mast. According to the rules, the mast must be straight, Rahm said, adding that this is rarely the case.

"The mast on a laser has two parts, which means the mast almost always bends slightly after some time. The sails bend them back with the strength of the sailors," Rahm said. "But everyone does it. The problem for Rasmus is that he did it when the boats were standing still in the quarantine zone, before the race when several people noticed it."

Rahm did not want to speculate as to what kind of penalty Myrgren could receive.

Myrgren suffered through another protest drama in his last sail, when Croat Tonci Stipanovic filed a protest that was subsequently rejected.

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