Canada files short-track protest

Canadian short-track speed skating officials have filed an official complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) concerning the finish of Wednesday's 500-metre women's final.

If Canada wins the appeal it could result in a new medal (bronze) and an upgraded medal (to silver).

The Canadians contend that silver medallist Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria crossed the finish line with her front skate tilted in the air. In short-track competition, skaters must cross the finish line with both skates on the ice.

The decision could affect more than Canadian bronze medallist Anouk Leblanc-Boucher.

Canada's Kalyna Roberge won the B final and was awarded fourth place overall in the competition since China's Fu Tianyu was disqualified in the A final.

If Radanova loses her medal, not only would Leblanc-Boucher be elevated to a silver medal, but Roberge would be awarded the bronze.

The CAS has not said whether it will review the Canadian protest further.

After the A final, officials reviewing the video awarded Leblanc-Boucher the bronze and disqualified Fu for cross-tracking, which is improperly crossing the course or interfering with another skater.

Once she saw the results, Leblanc-Boucher jumped into her coach's arms then gave him a high-five before taking a lap around the rink draped in a Canadian flag.

Leblanc-Boucher, 21, hails from Prevost, Que., and is competing in her first Olympics.


Source: Canadian Press