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Brazil almost loses a gold medal on a technicality at Pan Am Games

October 19, 2011

Brazil took the gold in the men's 200-meter butterfly at the Pan American Games on Monday, but the first-place award was nearly lost. Leonardo DeDeus' swim cap featured a sponsor logo, which disqualified him after he finished the race in just one minute and 57.92 seconds, according to The Associated Press. However, the Brazilian team appealed this decision and DeDeus was quickly reinstated as the winner of the event.

"It would not have felt right to me to take the gold medal just because of a different cap," American Daniel Madwed, the silver medalist, told the news source of nearly getting the gold on a technicality.

Brazil and the U.S. have taken every gold medal for swimming thus far in the games, and the U.S. is leading the games overall with 25 gold medals and 65 medals in total. Brazil is in second place with 10 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals.

An international calling card can make it easy for people to make calls to Brazil to talk to their friends about the games.

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