Swimming: Patten Is Incensed by Tactics of Maurer; BOLT REWRITES HISTORY AT BEIJING OLYMPICS

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Swimming: Patten Is Incensed by Tactics of Maurer; BOLT REWRITES HISTORY AT BEIJING OLYMPICS


CASSIE PATTEN was less than impressed by German Angela Maurer's sportsmanship after claiming a bronze medal in the 10km open water swim.

Patten took bronze, while team-mate Keri-Anne Payne claimed silver as the British pair, who had led for most of the race, were overhauled in the final 200m by Russia's multiple world champion Larisa Ilchenko.

But fourth-placed German Maurer provoked Patten's wrath by pulling her leg during the approach to the line, prompting the 21-year-old to confront her on the water's edge after the race.

"At the end of the race there was a lot of emotion and some things do happen in races which aren't really good sportsmanship but that's all I'm going to say," said Patten.

"I'm not going to sit here and slag someone off but at the end of the day I'm the one sitting here with the medal."

The training partners, though, refused to be downhearted despite missing out the gold in the inaugural marathon swim.

"I think to lead for that long and to get a medal is amazing," said Patten, who also swam in the 800m final which Rebecca Adlington won gold on Saturday.

"I don't feel that we've lost at all. It wasn't about tactics as such, we just went out and did our own thing really and just trying to stay out of trouble because being in the pack can be quite rough. …

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