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A nine-year-old Special Olympics swimmer from Co Antrim was left upset and confused after he was disqualified “for winning his 50m final in the fastest time”.
The decision made by Special Olympics officials could also mean that Rory Logan who suffers from autism, may miss out on a place at the All Ireland Special Olympics next year.
Rory was competing in the Special Olympics Regional finals in Bangor and having swam 1m 03 secs in his heat, the Ballymoney schoolboy contested the Division 8 final.
Despite being the youngest competitor, he smashed his time to swim a personal best of 53.15secs.
As medals were handed out following the final, Rory’s mum Briony couldn’t understand why her son was being presented with a ribbon for participation instead of the gold medal he was expecting for first place.
She said: “Rory came to me and said, ‘Mum I didn’t do anything wrong, I won fair and square, what did I do?’. I was absolutely gutted for him.