Sunday, August 22, 2004

What goes around

Not that two wrongs make a right, but I find it fitting that the scoring error that gave United States' gymnast Paul Hamm the gold medal in the all-around competition cost South Korea's Yang Tae-young the title.

At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, United States' boxer Roy Jones, Jr. pummeled South Korea's Si-Hun Park in the gold medal match for the light middleweight title. But in a horrendous decision, Si-Hun Park was awarded the gold, leaving Jones with the silver. An investigation revealed that some of the judges accepted bribes from South Korean officials to give Park a higher score. Jones never accepted his medal, and a new scoring system was implemented to lessen the possibility of judging improprieties.

Understandably, South Korean officials will probably file an appeal and have argued that while Hamm should be allowed to keep his gold, Tae-young should be awarded one as well. This sounds like a reasonable request, but is it too much to ask that Jones also be given the gold he should have received 16 years ago?


At 8:44 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Paul Haam deserves the medal. He started very low in scoring because he got screwed by a last minute change in the rules; that caused him to flub. That was unfair, and had that rule change not occurred, he probably would have had an even higher overall score with no chance of anyone tying him.


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