Malaysian shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli thought that he had won a gold medal in the F20 class event at the 2020 Paralympics. But Zolkefli's hopes were dashed after he ended up being disqualified for arriving late to the event. Three minutes late, to be exact.
International Paralympics Committee Spokesman Craig Spence told the Associated Press that Zolkefli arrived three minutes late to the event along with two other Malaysian competitors.
"They were late, they may have had a logical reason for being late, and therefore we allowed them to compete and look at the facts of the matter afterward," Spence said.
World Para Athletics, which is the governing body for track and field Paralympics events, revealed that a referee determined "there was no justifiable reason for the athletes' failure to report" on time to the event.
Zolkefli appealed the decision, but it was denied.
As a result of the disqualification, Ukraine's Maksym Koval won the gold medal while Ukraine's Oleksandr Yarovyi earned the silver medal. Greece's Efstratios Nikolaidis took home the bronze medal.
"We are now seeing comments on all our social media posts that have nothing to do with the men's shot put F20 event," Spence said. "I'm sorry. Rules are rules. The decision was taken. It wasn't the Ukrainians fault that the Malaysian was late."