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Cassie's fury at 'ankle grabber' OLYMPICS Beijing 2008.

BRITAIN'S bronze medallist in the marathon swimming event angrily accused a German of dirty tricks in the vital closing stages.

Cassie Patten finished only a few strokes behind Russian winner Larisa Ilchenko and fellow Brit Keri-Anne Payne in the 10k open-water swim.

But she claimed fourth-placed Angela Maurer grabbed hold of her ankles towards the end of the gruelling two-hour race. Patten, 21, from Stockport, Cheshire, said: "I was really annoyed. It's not good sportsmanship to pull on someone's feet. What is all that about?"

Her training partner Payne, 20, said: "Every part of my body was aching but I tried pushing for gold. To get a medal is amazing."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2008
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