S8-S9-S8-S9: GBR’s Ollie Hynd Reclassified for Third Time Since March

For the third time since March, Great Britain’s Ollie Hynd has switched classifications.

Hynd, 23, was the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic gold medalist in the SM8 200 IM, and also won the S8 400m free in Rio. At the Denmark Para Swimming World Series stop in late February, he was reclassified as an S9, meaning he would be racing less impaired swimmers than he previously did. At the time of the initial reclassification, Hynd released a statement saying he was “heartbroken and confused.”

However, in June, he successfully appealed the reclassification and was moved back to S8 for the time being, with the caveat that he would undergo further testing at a future time.

Hynd went back through review before competing at the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin this week, and was once again moved to S9, SwimSwam confirmed.

So far, competing as an S9 in Dublin, Hynd has been off his best times. He’s was 1:07.13 100 back prelims (best time 1:04.46), and then 1:05.76 for fourth place in finals. He went 1:02.44 in the 100 free (best time 58.85), with four days of competition still to come.

A spokesman for British Swimming gave the following statement:

In February 2018 Ollie Hynd went through a classification review as part of the IPC’s ruling that all para-swimmers with a physical impairment must undergo a review of their international classification.

The outcome of this review meant Ollie was reclassified to S9, SB8, SM9.

Feeling the classification had not been processed in accordance with the rules and regulations, Ollie, with the support of British Swimming and the British Paralympic Association, lodged an appeal to the IPC’s Board of Appeals for Classifications.

The BAC panel upheld Ollie’s appeal meaning the February review result was set aside and he was required to go back through a review before competition at the Dublin 2018 European Championships.

From this new review Ollie was allocated the classifications of S9, SB8, SM9.

British Swimming strongly supports a fair and transparent international classification process and thanks everyone involved for their vigilance and professionalism around this sensitive issue.

In late 2017, World Para Swimming announced that it would implement a new classification process, which took effect January 1, 2018 – all athletes are required to undergo a new classification test in 2018 (with the exception of a few special cases, which can be found here). This new process is meant to combat intentional misrepresentation (IM), which occurs when an athlete intentionally makes their impairment seem more severe in order to be put into a lower disability class.

Under the new system so far, an inordinate number of athletes, some more high-profile than others, have been reclassified – both up and down. You can read more about the chaos here.

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2 years ago

Slower times after being classified what’s he looking for now the sympathy legal appeal.
His mother on one of her social media forums has said she wishes she could tell the world the truth.

The sad fact is when he swam as an S8 he was a good 15/20 secs faster than most but now he has to compete against S9 he suddenly swims slower and no longer the top dog.

Well he has two choices now, suck it up and crack on or throw another tantrum and walk away.

Reply to  Mark
2 years ago

Unfortunately and sadly Mark, in the world of Para-swimming, cheats and frauds do PROSPER!!!

2 years ago

It would be a step forward for the para swim community if he would just accept the decision and keep swimming.

2 years ago

Bit of a wrinkle. WPS did not change Hynds classification from S9 to S8 following his successful appeal. He remained as S9 in their database and he competed as S9 @ WPS World Series Sheffield posting 100fr 1.01.66. His time, as an S8, would have put him 2s behind the Aussie S8 59.74 got the season so far.
BPS thanks everyone for their ‘vigilance’ and ‘professionalism’ in this ‘sensitive’ issue and, they lodged an appeal based on ‘feeling’ and Hynd releases a media statement? As usual, clear as mud. Whether you like the guy or not, his reclassification from S8 to S9 is very interesting and an explanation from WPS outlining the reason behind the different result would make… Read more »

Reply to  LMA
2 years ago

People should understand how it works by now. Previously the athlete was put on an exam table and given various tests for mobility, muscle power or coordination and this point total was 280 points and then there was 10 points for starts and 10 points for turns. So the total possible score was 300 and the classifiers also observed them swimming and had the option to adjust the scores and I think they rarely made these adjustments thus the athlete could control their score easily on the bench test by not trying at 100% of their ability. Under the new system the bench test is only 140 points and now the swim test is 140 point and the swim test… Read more »

Reply to  taa
2 years ago

And that hand is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen – very “unique” sign of CP.

Reply to  taa
2 years ago

Pattersons athlete fb page hasn’t been updated since day3 Para pan pacs and one of her latest Instagram pictures is a zoomed in one of her clawed left hand touching a turtle .. look but don’t touch springs to mind! She can post & delete as many pictures of that left hand as she likes, there’s evidence aplenty that it’s nothing but a scam and that she’s not the only one involved. Technical testing – agree it isn’t clear, its subjective and I would think therefor still open for abuse. An athletes classification should be filmed as standard and referenced during the competition and after if needed. Some useful work there for Spence’s massive media department! Konkoly & Griswold –… Read more »

Reply to  LMA
2 years ago

Lakeisha Patterson should be given the academy award for the world’s best fraudulent cheat in Para-swimming, also given the Nobel Prize for being the world’s best pathological liar in language and literature. This despicable woman is in the same class as world cycling’s Lance Armstrong!!!

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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