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Top six controversial judgments to Chinese athletes at London Olympics

People's Daily Online)  10:52, August 17, 2012

Top 6: Zhang Wenxiu in the women's hammer throw final (Xinhua)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

Officials said that although world record holder Heidler's fifth effort was electronically measured, it had not been entered into the data system. She was allowed to re-throw, fouling, and was unable to get past Zhang with her sixth attempt.

Zhang, in third place at that point, went into the final round thinking she had the bronze medal. She failed to improve but draped herself in a Chinese flag and did a lap of honor.

However, when officials found Heidler's mark in the grass from her fifth throw, it was manually re-measured at 77.13, beating Zhang's 76.34, so the German was awarded the bronze.

Chinese officials immediately appealed against the decision, causing the medal ceremony to be postponed until Saturday.

After more than three hours of deliberation, the IAAF athletics ruling body decided the result would stand, noting that the electronic measurement of Heidler's throw had been discovered and adjusting her third-place distance to 77.12.

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