The Boston Athletic Association issued an apology Monday for placing an American flag on the ground during Daniel Romanchuk's medal ceremony for winning the men's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon.
The 20-year-old Romanchuk, who became the youngest to win the race in 1:21:36 and the first American winner since 1993, was seen with the American flag draped over his shoulders during the national anthem. However, a race official then removed the flag and crunched it up on the floor while he placed the medal around Romanchuk's neck.
According to U.S. flag code, the American flag is never supposed to touch the ground.
Jack Fleming, the chief operating officer of the BAA, was quick to issue an apology.
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📹♿️🇺🇸MEN'S WHEELCHAIR WINNER📹♿️🇺🇸@Illinois_Alma alum Daniel Romanchuk receives his #BostonMarathon winner's wreath and trophy while The National Anthem is played in #Boston#WBZ#BostonStrong#[email protected]/8mkKTA9S4E
“The Boston Athletic Association apologizes sincerely for the nature in which our Men’s Wheelchair Award Ceremony was held,” Fleming said in a statement. “We are reviewing our Awards protocol to ensure that this does not happen again. The Boston Marathon has been an American tradition for more than a century and we take pride in the passion and determination that participants, spectators, and volunteers from around the world display at our annual event.
"Our flag is a symbol of freedom, unity, and community spirit — all of which are virtues that the Boston Athletic Association supports."
Daniel Romanchuk, of Urbana, Ill., holds the trophy after winning the men's handcycle division of the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (Photo: Winslow Townson, AP)
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