Danes get to keep sailing gold after protests turned down

Society Materials 18 August 2008 11:35 (UTC +04:00)

Danes Jonas Warrer and Martin Ibsen will keep the gold medal they won in the skiff dinghy-49 sailing event after the Olympic regatta's international jury Monday turned down protests over the pair borrowing a boat for their final raceб dpa reported.

The Danes won gold Sunday ahead of Spain's Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez, with German brothers Jan-Peter and Hannes Peckolt on bronze.

However, an inquiry was initiated after several protests, including from race organizers, because they used a boat borrowed from the Croatian team after they broke a mast on the way to the start of the final race, which took place with waves of up to two metres.

The decision was welcomed in sailing circles with German team head, Hans Sendes, echoing the views of many when he described the ruling as being "for the benefit of the sport".