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Czech triathlete given Areosa's spot

Updated: August 13, 2004, 11:27 AM ET
Associated Press

LISBON, Portugal -- The Portuguese Athletics Federation appealed an International Triathlon Union decision to withdraw Portugal's Maria Areosa from the Games after admitting it erred when deciding who qualified.

Areosa was originally told she replaced Christiane Pilz of Germany after Pilz dropped out. The spot should have gone to Lucia Zelenkova of the Czech Republic, who was ahead of Areosa in the triathlon rankings.

The International Olympic Committee informed Portugal on Thursday ...

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