AP Sports Writer
WEYMOUTH, England (AP) - Finland won the bronze medal in women's match racing Saturday after prevailing in an on-the-water protest hearing.
The Finnish crew of Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva and Mikaela Wulff won the petit final 3-1, barely holding off the Russians at the finish line of Race 4.
The Russian crew of Ekaterina Skudina, Elena Siuzeva and Elena Oblova raised a protest flag during Race 4, apparently believing both boats were over the starting line early.
When the race ended, the two skippers, Lehtinen and Skudina, went to an umpire boat. After about a half hour of discussion, they returned to their boats while the umpires deliberated. The decision was relayed a few minutes later. The Finnish crew jumped up and down and waved a flag. The Russians sat dejectedly.
Protests usually are heard on shore, but this one had to be decided quickly in case Race 4 needed to be rerun.
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