LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Shin A-lam and Kohei Uchimura appeals during Monday’s Olympics 2012 Games prompted confusion for viewers. Shin A-lam is the South Korean fencer and Kohei Uchimura is the Japanese gymnast who were both the subject of controversial appeals Monday. And while the rules of appeals in the Olympics have been changed in recent years, on Monday the Koreans revealed they not yet learned the rules as well as the Japanese.
Shin A-lam’s appeal was filed by her country after her fencing semi-finals match against Germany’s Britta Heidemann. But in filing an appeal, South Korea’s coach (not Shin) was required to pay a fee. The coach didnâ€™t do it. As the Telegraph reports “The crowd was then incredulous when just before 7.40pm – nearly an hour after the incident – that an announcer claimed that in the rules the Koreans had to lodge money for the appeal to be valid.”
Such was not the case for Japan after Kohei Uchimura’s performance during in the Men’s Team Gymnastics final round. Kohei Uchimura’s dismount prompted far more deductions than the Japanese coach believed was appropriate. Within seconds, US viewers saw Uchimura’s coach rushing across the floor with payment and an identification in his hand. He lodged an appeal for judges to reconsider the extent of deductions afford to Uchimura. He stood there in place and waited for the appeal to be lodged, accepted and considered. Ultimately, the judges ruled in Kohei Uchimura’s favor, moving the Japanese team into silver, compared to a fourth-place finish pre-appeal.
Ultimately, it wasnâ€™t Kohei Uchimura nor Shin A-lam’s duty to file the appeal the right way. Shin was left crying for roughly an hour in front of spectators until she found out that her country, at least time, didnâ€™t realize how to correctly file an appeal. She ultimately finished fourth for the night.