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Hamm won gymnastics all-around gold on this day in Olympic history in 2004, but he might not have deserved it

Paul Hamm reacts after winning the gold medal on Aug. 18, 2004, three days before the revelation that bronze medalist Yang Tae-young likely should have won gold.
Paul Hamm reacts after winning the gold medal on Aug. 18, 2004, three days before the revelation that bronze medalist Yang Tae-young likely should have won gold. AP

Aug. 21, 2004

Paul Hamm took home gold for the United States in the men’s gymnastics all-around competition at the Athens Olympics, posting a meet-high score of 57.823 over six events.

But should he have won it?

Three days after the event, the International Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korea’s Yang Tae-young was unfairly docked one-tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics final at the Athens Olympics.

Tae-young finished in third with a score of 57.774, which gave him the bronze and was .049 shy of Hamm’s first-place total.

Despite the revelation, the ruling did not change the final result.

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