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Furious crowd protests Nemov's low score

Updated: August 24, 2004, 3:16 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- For 10 minutes, the crowd booed and whistled, creating a deafening roar. Paul Hamm sat around and waited to start his routine.

A week's worth of controversy in gymnastics boiled over into the stands Monday during a bizarre, extraordinary evening. Hamm was able to block out the noise and win a silver medal on high bar, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Alexei Nemov finished fifth, much to the chagrin of the crowd.

On a night when American all-around champion ...

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