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French runner attacks 14-year-old mascot girl

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French runner attacks 14-year-old mascot girl
10:51 CEST+02:00

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.

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