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Morhad Amdouni beats Josphat Menjo to win the 20km de Paris

The 2018 European 10,000m Champion Morhad Amdouni won the 20km de Paris that was held on Sunday (10) in Paris, France.

The 33 year-old will be remembered for deliberately knocking water bottles from a table during the men’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympic which he came out and denied.

During the Tokyo marathon at around the 28km mark, the Frenchman – who was running with the leading pack – knocked numerous bottles from a hydration station, meaning some athletes behind him were unable to pick one up. Temperatures during the marathon approached 30 degrees Celsius.

Morhad Amdouni beats Josphat Menjo to win the 20km de Paris. PHOTO: Organisers

Amdouni fought off for the honors with Josphat Kiprono Menjo whom he managed to beat almost at the tape to cut it in 57:54 with menjo crossing the line three seconds later.

Bernard Kipkorir Koros also from Kenya closed the podium three first finishes in 59:22.

LEADING RESULTS

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  1. Morhad Amdouni (FRA) 57:54
  2. Josphat Menjo       (KEN) 57:57
  3. Bernard Koros        (KEN) 59:22

French Marathon Runner Denies Deliberately Knocking Water Bottles

Morhad Amdouni has denied deliberately knocking water bottles from a table during the men’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday.

Around the 28km mark, the Frenchman – who was running with the leading pack – knocked numerous bottles from a hydration station, meaning some athletes behind him were unable to pick one up. Temperatures during the marathon approached 30 degrees Celsius.

Video of the incident, which went viral on social media, sparked anger. Piers Morgan, for example, awarded Amdouni, “The Gold medal for biggest dickhead of the Tokyo Olympics”.

In a Facebook post, Amdouni said that he had knocked over the bottles as they were slippery.
“To guarantee freshness to the bottles, these are soaked in water,” he said.
“Which makes them slippery. However, it is clear that I am trying to get one from the beginning of the row but these barely slide we touch them.”

Earlier, he had also addressed the controversy in a video on Instagram where he apologized to his fellow runners.
“With fatigue and all that, I was gradually starting to lose lucidity and energy, while hanging on,” he said.

“I would like to apologize to the athletes. At one point, I was trying to be able to hold a bottle of water but I dropped some. It was not easy, trying to be able to hang on …
“In principle, I try to be able to share also during the race, the bottles of water, while respecting everyone and going high and proud, to be able to fight for our colors of the jersey.”

The 33-year-old – who won gold in the 10,000m at the 2018 European Championships – finished 17th in the marathon, 5:55 behind gold medal winner Eliud Kipchoge.

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 17, beats brother to complete golden double

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen beat his older brother to win European 5,000m gold just a day after clinching the 1500m title in Berlin.

In doing so, the 17-year-old became the first athlete to complete the double at European level.

His brother Henrik, 27, finished second, 1.69 seconds behind his younger sibling, as France’s Morhad Amdouni won the bronze medal.

“It was a little crazy to get this medal today,” said Jakob.

“Winning a second title in two days is also the result of having done this my whole life.

“Believe me, we started preparing for the 5,000m final, as soon as we crossed the line on the 1500m last night.”

Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s time of 13:17.06 was a new European under-20 record.

“I knew he would eventually become the best in Europe and the world, but that he could do it at 17, I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams,” Henrik said. “He earned it; he didn’t just accidentally grab it.”

He had beaten both Henrik, who won the title in 2012, and their other brother Filip – the reigning champion from 2016 – to win 1500m gold on Friday and become the youngest winner on the European Championships track in 84 years.

Filip missed the 5,000m final with a rib injury.

Speaking on BBC TV, British long distance athlete Paula Radcliffe said: “Jakob Ingebrigtsen just goes to the front when he wants and dares everyone else to come alongside him. Nobody dares to go past him and he’s 17.

“To bounce back from last night and all the emotion that must have come with it as well – to be able to run with that maturity and control is unbelievable.”

The brothers, from the small Norwegian city of Sandnes, have all grown into world-class middle-distance runners under the tutelage of their father Gjert.

At the age of 16, Jakob became the youngest man ever to break the four-minute mile and broke the European 1500m junior record with a 3:31.18 run in Monaco last month.

“In two years’ time, we will be back to win four medals, not just three,” added Henrik.

“We’re definitely coming back to improve the stats in our family. There are no limits for us, and we have another brother who is turning five years old, and soon can join the Ingebrigtsen team.”

The Ingebrigtsens weren’t the only brothers in action at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday, as Dylan, Jonathan and Kevin Borlee won 4x400m relay gold for Belgium alongside Jonathan Sacoor.

 

Amdouni beats Kigen to claim First-Ever French Gold at European Championships 10,000m

France’s Morhad Amdouni became the first Frenchman ever to win the European Championships 10,000m title, prevailing in a tactical race with a powerful 56-second closing lap.

Amdouni, 30, the European junior champion at 5000m back in 2007, clocked 28:11.22, just a few strides ahead of Belgium’s Bashir Abdi (28:11.76), and Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa (28:12.15).

“You have a magnificent Olympic stadium,” Amdouni told European Athletics interviewers. “Thank you. Today, I am over the moon, so happy. Long live Germany and long live France!”

The medal, France’s first of these championships, was particularly important for the French team given that all three of their decathletes –including reigning champion Kevin Mayer– failed to post a mark in the long jump this morning. Amdouni will also contest the 5000m on Saturday, and is a medal threat in that event, also, with a 13:11.18 personal best.

Predictably, tonight’s race progressed slowly. Through 5000m (14:08.91) the field was content to lope along, posting 68 and 69-second laps. Amdouni ran near the front, and was joined there by Turkey’s Kaan Kigen Özbilen, Spain’s Adel Mechaal, Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi and Bashir Abdi, France’s Florian Carvalho, and Switzerland’s Julien Wanders among others. The field was content to sit behind Özbilen and bide their time.

“I wanted to push,” an exhausted Özbilen told Race Results Weekly. “I can’t kick with the other guys; I’m training for the marathon.”

But Özbilen’s pace was too slow to break up the field, leaving a big, 13-man lead pack intact at the 8000m mark (22:48.02). Nothing changed until Spain’s Mechaal decided to force the pace with three laps to go, running 66.3 seconds through 9200m, then an very honest 63.3 through 9600m. Mechaal, who has 3:34.70 1500m speed, said he actually worried about the last lap.

“I don’t have the confidence in my speed the last 400m,” Mechaal told Race Results Weekly, explaining that he missed seven weeks of training due to a tooth infection and illness. “Maybe I should have waited more.”

With Wanders and Carvalho too far back to contend for the podium, Abdi made his bid for victory on the backstretch, throwing in a big acceleration and breaking up the race. For a marathoner, his speed was surprising, but perhaps not given the accomplishments of one of his regular training partners.

“I got that (speed) from Mo Farah,” Abdi told Race Results Weekly. “Actually, I ran this year the first time a marathon. My endurance was really good. I had the kick today.”

But Amdouni was not impressed. He reacted quickly to Abdi’s move, setting up a thrilling four-man homestretch run. Abdi still led coming out of the final bend, but Amdouni ran him down in the final meters to get the win by two strides.

“I have had many big difficulties, but I did not give up,” Amdouni said. “On the last lap I was very impatient, but now I feel relieved.”

Mechaal, who broke the race open, was crestfallen that he could not hold off Crippa in the last 50 meters. Visibly straining, he finished fourth, the same position as last summer’s IAAF World Championships where he ran the 1500m, instead. Özbilen faded to tenth, while his teammate, defending champion Polat Arikan, failed to finish.

“I would like to thank my wife, my coach and the French team,” Amdouni said. “It is set off now; I will focus on the 5-K.”

Source: runnersweb.com