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Oops! Miss Universe Canada crowns wrong winner

Published on May 30, 2013 6:20 AM
 
Ms Denise Garrido (left) and Ms Riza Santos are pictured on stage during the Miss Universe Canada pageant held in Toronto, on May 25, 2013, in this photo courtesy of Beauties of Canada/Allumski Photography. Red-faced organisers admitted on Wednesday that a typo led to a counting error that resulted in Ms Garrido, 26, being wrongly named the victor at Saturday's event. She was stripped of her sash and crown the next day. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Losing is never easy, but for one unlucky contestant in Canada's Miss Universe competition the bad news came 24 hours later - after she'd been crowned the winner.

Red-faced organisers admitted on Wednesday that a typo led to a counting error that resulted in Ms Denise Garrido, 26, being wrongly named the victor at Saturday's event. She was stripped of her sash and crown the next day.

"I was shocked. I'd achieved my dream and suddenly after a day of it sinking in it was suddenly taken away from me," a heartbroken Garrido told AFP, after losing her chance to represent Canada at the Miss Universe final in December.

In a statement, pageant director Denis Davila blamed an inexperienced employee for the typo when transferring the judges' handwritten scores into a computer program that determines the winner.

 
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