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French runner Morhad Amdouni should be disqualified and banned for purposely knocking over a row of water bottles and keeping the last one for himself. The action is causing controversy from Sunday’s Olympic marathon in Sapporo.
“I’ll probably let the audience be the judge as to whether that’s been done deliberately,” Dave Culbert said on Australia’s Seven News broadcast.
The 33-year-old Amdouni was in a tight line of the front pack when he knocked over the entire row of bottles during the latter stages of the marathon, where temperatures climbed to 30 degrees Celsius.
Thoughts on Amdouni knocking over an entire row of water before taking the last one? pic.twitter.com/qrPaSzxLBW— Ben St Lawrence (@bennysaint) August 8, 2021
Amdouni finished 17th in the event. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge defended his title with a dominant performance, finishing the race in 2:08:38.
The 33-year-old owns a best of 2:09:14.