French Olympic marathoner finishes 17th after wiping water from opponents on the ground – .

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French Olympic marathoner finishes 17th after wiping water from opponents on the ground – .


A French marathoner is being criticized online for appearing to spill a row of water bottles at a hydration station during the second half of the men’s Olympic marathon on Sunday.

In a video, Morhad Amdouni, 33, can be seen in a group of other runners as he approaches the station. He then grabs a water bottle, knocking an entire row off the table like dominoes before grabbing the last one and leaving nothing for the runners behind.

The moment came in the second half of the 26-mile race in Sapporo, Japan, where temperatures reached 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

The video sparked debate on Twitter as to whether the move was intentional or not. Some argued that he was in an awkward position, sandwiched between others in excessive heat while trying to reach for a water bottle.

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Competitors walk past the water station during the men’s marathon of the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, August 8, 2021, in Sapporo, Japan.
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Amdouni finally finished in 17th place. Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge, 36, defended his Olympic marathon title, finishing at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 38 seconds – 80 seconds ahead of finalist Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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