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Special Olympics Swimmer 'Disqualified For Being Too Fast'

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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Rory Logan is a 9-year-old kid who, despite suffering from autism, has excelled in swimming, so much so that he made it to the Special Olympics. Not only is he the youngest competitor in his category but he also smashed his time to win a personal best of 53.15 secs.

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However, as medals were handed out after the final, Rory couldn’t understand why he was being given a ribbon for participation instead of the gold medal he was expecting for winning first place.

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After the ceremony, he ran to his mother and said, ‘Mom, I didn't do anything wrong, I won fair and square, what did I do?’ said Rory’s mom, Briony, to Belfast Live. Briony, who was enraged by the situation, went to clarify what the problem was with the judges, who told her Rory was disqualified because ‘he swam too fast.’

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‘Apparently you can’t be more than 15% faster than the time you swam in your heats just in case you are trying to swim slower in your heat to be placed in a lower division’s final,’ she explained.’ 'Rory swam 15.8% faster than his heat but someone please explain to me how a 9-year-old child would think of doing that or being that calculating,’ Briony told Belfast Live.

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After the ceremony, he ran to his mother and said, ‘Mom, I didn't do anything wrong, I won fair and square, what did I do?’ said Rory’s mom, Briony, to Belfast Live. Briony, who was enraged by the situation, went to clarify what the problem was with the judges, who told her Rory was disqualified because ‘he swam too fast.’

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‘Apparently you can’t be more than 15% faster than the time you swam in your heats just in case you are trying to swim slower in your heat to be placed in a lower division’s final,’ she explained.’ 'Rory swam 15.8% faster than his heat but someone please explain to me how a 9-year-old child would think of doing that or being that calculating,’ Briony told Belfast Live.

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