Gymnastics judges suspended but results stand

ATHENS, AUG. 21. The International Gymnastics Federation suspended three judges on Saturday for a mistake they made in scoring the men's all-around final, but said results would not be changed and Paul Hamm of the United States would keep his gold medal.

The error in Wednesday's all-around cost bronze medallist Yang Tae-young of South Korea a tenth of a point that would have given him the gold.

Yang received a start value of 9.9 on his parallel bars routine, a tenth lower than he received for the same set in team qualifying and finals. After reviewing a tape of the all-around, FIG officials determined he should have been awarded a start value of 10. He scored a 9.712 on the event. With the extra .1, he would have finished with 57.874 points and defeated Hamm by .051

Hamm won the meet over Kim Dae-eun of South Korea by .012 in the closest men's all-around in Olympic history. Yang finished third, another .037 behind Kim.

The South Korean delegation asked for a review of the scoring after the meet, and FIG met on Friday to look at the tapes.

"Judges can make mistakes. That's human," FIG spokesman Phillipe Silacci said on Friday. "But it's like football. They cannot change the score once the game is over."

Silacci was not immediately available for comment on Saturday. — AP