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Olympic marathon runner who knocked over row of water bottles denies he did it on goal and says they had been ‘slippery’

THE Olympic marathon runner who knocked over a complete row of water bottles claims it was an accident – and insisted they had been ‘slippery’.

Morhad Amdouni hit the headlines on the weekend when he reached the water station throughout the 26.2-mile race in 27-degree warmth in Sapporo.


Morhad Amdouni worn out a complete row of water bottles at a ingesting station throughout the Olympic marathonCredit: Instagram


He collected the ultimate bottle within the line however claimed the remainder had been ‘slippery’Credit score: Instagram

However fairly than merely grabbing one bottle like his rivals in entrance, the Frenchman worn out the entire line that had been arrange.

To high it off, he grabbed the ultimate drink and went on his means as his rivals and viewers at residence watched on baffled.

However after being branded the ‘greatest d***head of the Tokyo Olympics’ by Piers Morgan, Amdouni has instructed his model of occasions – and denied doing the deed intentionally.

As reported by RMC, the athlete stated: “With fatigue and all that, I used to be progressively beginning to lose lucidity and power whereas hanging on.

“I wish to apologise to the athletes. At one level, I attempted to carry a bottle of water however I dropped some. It was not straightforward making an attempt to hold on.

“Out of precept, I attempted to share the bottles of water throughout the race whereas respecting everybody and going excessive and proud, preventing for our colors of the jersey.”

He later clarified on Fb: “To place an finish to all of the sterile controversies generated by the video, I put this video [out to help you] actually perceive what occurred.

“To ensure freshness to the bottles, they’re soaked within the water which makes them slippery.

“Nevertheless, it’s clear that I attempt to take one from the start of the row however these slip once I contact them.”

Amdouni ultimately completed in seventeenth place recording a time of two hours 14 minutes and 33 seconds.


The race was ultimately received by Kenyan legend Eliud Kipchoge.

Kipchoge completed in a time of two hours, eight minutes and 38 seconds to take gold.

In profitable the marathon he turned considered one of three to efficiently reclaim the title, after his victory in Rio 2016.


Frenchman Amdouni additionally competed within the 10,000m on the Tokyo GamesCredit: Getty

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