Brazilian sports officials have appealed to the world’s highest sports court for runner Vanderlei de Lima, who lost his lead in the Athens 2004 marathon after being attacked by a deranged spectator, to be awarded a consolation gold medal. The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration of Sport said yesterday it had received an appeal from the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) requesting that a second gold should be issued for de Lima – who suffered no injury in the attack but lost crucial ground 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles) from the end and finished the race third. COB stressed that the marathon winner – Stefano Baldini of Italy, who broke Briton Bill Adcock’s 35-year record for the notoriously tough Athens course – should keep his gold medal. «We’re defending the interests of Brazilian sport and of Vanderlei himself,» COB President Carlos Arthur Nuzman said. A defrocked Irish priest with a history of sports events disruptions, Cornelius Horan, 57, received a 12-month suspended sentence for the attack, which he carried out in a short kilt and a green beret.