Morhad Amdouni of France was put on blast during the men’s marathon event at the Tokyo Olympics because he knocked over his opponents’ water bottles at the rehydration station.
Several videos of Amdouni sabotaging the rehydration station went viral on social media. It was very clear that he knocked over an entire row of water bottles after he grabbed one for himself.
According to Amdouni, the reason he knocked over a bunch of water bottles is because they were slippery. We’re not kidding, that’s the excuse he went with.
“To put an end to all the controversy from the video, I show this video to actually understand what happened,” Amdouni said in a Facebook post, via TooFab. “To guarantee freshness to the bottles, they are soaked in water, which makes them slippery. However, it is clear that I am trying to get one from the beginning of the row but they slip as soon as we touch them.”
None of the videos from this year’s marathon line up with Amdouni’s story. It looks like he blatantly messed up the row of water bottles.
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Amdouni also went on Instagram to explain his side to the story, blaming fatigue for this bizarre incident.
“With fatigue and all that, I was gradually starting to lose lucidity and energy, while hanging on,” Amdouni said, via Fox News. “I would like to apologize to the athletes.”
The backlash that Amdouni faced would’ve been even worse if he ended up on the podium. Despite using that controversial tactic, he finished in 17th place.