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French runner attacks 14-year-old mascot girl

Nicola Hebden · 2 Jul 2012, 10:15

Published: 02 Jul 2012 10:51 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Jul 2012 10:15 GMT+02:00

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Video: A French Olympic runner found an unusual way of celebrating after winning the 3,000 meters steeplechase race in the European athletics championships in Helsinki this weekend.

Defending champion, Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, 27, walked over to a mascot after the race, hit something out of its hand and then pushed it violently.

Inside the mascot there was thought to be a 14-year-old girl.

But this is not the first time the runner has shown violence towards mascots - in 2010 after the same race in the same Championships in Barcelona, he asked a mascot to kneel infront of him before pushing it to the ground.

Nicola Hebden (news.france@thelocal.com)

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2012-07-04 04:49:31 by pfalzfreund
Does this boorish man act like this everywhere or just on the track? If his record shows this to be track activity then simply ban him from the arena and let him run wild in the streets. Maybe he will attack somebody more able to defend themselves than a 14 year old girl in a clumsy costume. Show some Gallic pride and give this bum the bum's rush.
2012-09-30 16:11:03 by DavidtheNorseman
Simply take away his win and ban him for a year from competition. If he attacks again, ban him for life.
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