Rory Logan was competing in the Special Olympics Regional finals in Bangor, north Wales where he won the 50m final in a personal best time of 53.15 seconds.
However, he was only given a participation ribbon instead of a gold medal, because according to his mother, he 'swam too fast'.
“Rory came to me and said: "Mum I didn't do anything wrong, I won fair and square, what did I do?” the boy's mother Briony Logan said.
“I went to speak to the officials and basically they said he had been disqualified because he swam too fast. No one can get over this decision,” Briony told The Daily Mail.
According to the site, “event rules state that swimmers can't be more than 15 per cent faster than the time they swam in their heats in case you are deliberately trying to swim slower to be placed in a lower division's final.”
“Rory swam 15.8 per cent faster than his heat but someone please explain to me how a nine-year-old child would think of doing that or being that calculating,” Briony added.
The organizers of the event wouldn't overturn their decision. The 9-year-old boy felt so upset his mother considered withdrawing him from the competition. However, she decided to let him compete, where he eventually won gold in the 25 metres and the relay at the event.
Unfortunately for Rory, his personal best time in the 50m final will no longer count in his bid to qualify for the All Ireland Swimming Championships.
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