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Why does Yang Tae Young, his rival, not deserve gold?
Perhaps more convincing is reason as to why Yang Tae Young, Paul Hamm’s Korean rival, does not deserve gold medal so many have attributed to him. Firstly, Korean gymnastics team’s representative was late in calling in a complaint, which made investigation itself - and all stress associated with it - completely invalid (Olympic rules state, that a protest needs to be made before end of any full game, such as with parallel bars, and Koreans did not do so). Even then, judges were suspended, and probing took place. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, even if judges gave Tae Young extra .10 points warranted by difficulty of his routine, he still would have scored lower than he did because of yet another ancillary error. After tapes were reviewed, it was revealed that Tae Young accidentally made four holds on bars rather than allotted three, which would have resulted in a deduction of .2, still leaving him with a deficit of a tenth of a point.
The snafu regarding Paul Hamm’s gold medal - versus, of course, giving medal up to South Korean team - is regretable. There should have been no question that Hamm deserved his medal, and he certainly should not have had to deal with problems around world. Nor, indeed, did he deserve all of ill press surrounding his name. The gold medal was well-earned. It certainly bears no tarnishing, and neither does his record.
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