Germany's Hannes Dotzler and Tim Tscharnke, left, sit in the finish area after the men's cross-country team sprint competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

FIS rejects German team sprint protest at Olympics

February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) The International Ski Federation has rejected a protest by Germany over the results of the Olympic men's cross-country team sprint, which Finland won after the German anchor fell shortly before the finish.

The German team handed in an official protest shortly after the race, arguing that Finnish anchor Sami Jauhojaervi impeded Tim Tscharnke and caused him to fall. However, a FIS jury upheld the result after a brief deliberation.

Tscharnke also tripped up Russia's Nikita Kriukov, who stayed on his feet but couldn't catch Jauhojaervi and took silver.

Germany ended up seventh, with Sweden taking bronze.

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