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JUDGE INVOLVED IN HAMM CASE LOSES PLACE

A U.S. judge involved in the scoring mistake that may have helped Paul Hamm win the all-around gold medal at the Athens Olympics lost his place on a key committee of gymnastics' world governing body.

George Beckstead was defeated in his bid for re-election to the men's technical committee of the international gymnastics federation, or FIG.

Beckstead oversaw the panel that determined the start value for South Korea's Yang Tae-young in the parallel bars. Yang was wrongly docked a tenth of a point and finished with the bronze medal.

FIG acknowledged the error in Athens and suspended Beckstead and the two judges who determined the start values, Benjamin Bango of Spain and Oscar Buitrago Reyes of Colombia. Yang appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, claiming he was the rightful gold medalist. But CAS rejected the appeal, ruling that Hamm remained champion.

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