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Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Disqualified from Race for Taking Off His Shirt

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, a 29-year-old French athlete, was on the verge of winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the European Championships in Zurich for the third time when he was disqualified for taking off his shirt.With just 100 meters to go, Benabbad took off his shirt and motioned for the crowd to cheer as he crossed the finish line, way ahead of his competitors. His actions originally resulted in a yellow card warning by officials but after a protest by Spain, he was disqualified completely. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), bibs are not to be obscured in any way during the race. Evidently, Yoann Kowal was awarded the winning title in the race. This isn’t the first time the two time Olympic silver medalist has gotten in trouble. In 2011, he came to blows with a teammate during a race and in 2012; he shoved a mascot, who turned out to be 14-year-old girl. I guess old crazy habits die-hard. Hopefully this time, he truly learns his lesson.


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