Runner disqualified after win for removing shirt during race's final 100m

Friday August 15th, 2014


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French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was disqualified after a first-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at the European Championships on Thursday after he removed his shirt in celebration in the race's final 100m.

He was originally only given a warning for the action, but the Spanish delegation protested, saying he had broken the rules by obscuring his runner's bib. Track officials eventually agreed, stripping the 29-year-old of his gold medal.

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Mekhissi-Benabbad seems to be the bad boy of the steeplechase -- his previous transgressions include pushing a mascot that turned out to be a teenage girl and punching one of his teammates.


-Brendan Maloy

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