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London 2012 Paralympics: Crowds and conflict at Paralympics

BAD ORGANIZATION:Too few seats meant many fans missed seeing Ireland’s Jason Smyth sprint to a new world record, while a medal was handed out incorrectly

AFP, LONDON

However, the mood was soured after organizers admitted that “inaccurate results data” meant the first field event gold medalist — the Ukraine’s Mariia Pomazan — was wrongly awarded the F35/36 discus title.

The result was amended and saw Pomazan relegated to silver, swapping places with China’s Wu Qing, while Wu’s compatriot Bao Jiongyu was relegated to fourth. Her bronze was taken by Australia’s Katherine Proudfoot.

In the Velodrome, Britain’s Jody Cundy, the favorite in the C4/5 1km time-trial, was left angry and distraught after slipping out of the starting gate and being denied a restart by officials.

He was led away from the track shouting and swearing after throwing a water bottle, as British team officials lodged a protest. However, world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) held firm, blaming the slip on “rider error.”

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