Updated: Aug 25, 2004, 4:27 PM

Vote: Should Hamm give up the gold?

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Should Hamm take home the gold or give it back?
Paul Hamm made history by becoming the first American male ever to win the Olympic gold medal for all-around gymnastics.

Should he make history again by giving back his gold medal?

The controversy, in a nutshell, is this: South Korea's Yang Tae-young was unfairly docked one-tenth of a point for his parallel bars routine. This was a correctible error at the time, but the ruling body, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), said that South Korea did not file a protest in the allotted time. If one-tenth had been added to Yang Tae-young's score, he would have outscored Hamm for the gold medal. Instead, Yang Tae-young received the bronze.

Hamm says that he won according to the rules and that it would be unfair for FIG or the Court of Arbitration for Sports to review the decision. Meanwhile, there is talk that perhaps the South Korean gymnast should be awarded a gold medal, with Hamm either keeping the gold medal as well or accepting the silver medal.

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