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French Runner Shoves 14-Year Old Girl At Olympic Meet, Vid Goes Viral

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French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad recently won the 3,000-meter race at the European Championships, and when he crossed the finish line he seemed less than happy. Instead of celebrating, the 27-year old stalked up to a 14-year old girl in a mascot costume, swatted something from her hand that she appeared to be handing to him, and shoved her, hard, with both hands.

A spectator caught the entire thing on video, which is quickly going viral as backlash ensues and people demand that he is reprimanded. While it’s unclear why he was so agitated–or why he took it out on a teenaged girl–it’s a pretty clearcut example of bad sportsmanship.

According to The Age, this isn’t the first time Benabbad has exhibited strange and violent behavior toward a mascot:

“It was not the first time that Mekhissi-Benabbad had picked on a mascot. After winning the same race at the 2010 championships in Barcelona, he asked a mascot to kneel in front of him before he pushed it to the ground, according to Le 10 Sport.”

He was also suspended for 10 months in 2011 after getting into a fight with teammate Mehdi Baala at the finish line of the 1,500-meter race during the Monaco Diamond League games.

French Runner Shoves 14-Year Old Girl At Olympic Meet, Vid Goes Viral


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  • http://verizon.net Hawaiian Cutie

    And, who said the French are not rude? Haha!!

  • FUBO

    He;s an arab, what do you expect? He saw something blue and white and thought “JOO!”.

    Arabs should be expelled from the West.

    It will be a miracle if they don’t do a terrorist attack during this olympics, or at least shout “allah fubar” if one of them cheats and wins a medal.

  • ? lu

    IF HE SHOVED MY 14 YR OLD DAUGHTER?????? HE WOULD RUN THE STAPLE CHASE WITH THE STAPLE UP!!!! HIS!!!! ASS!!! AND HAVE A BETTER ATTITUDE ALONG WITH IT

    • Rita

      I’m with you on that one, I watched it thinking about my 14 year old granddaughter and was very offended by his behavior.

  • Dwayne

    What a dick!

  • Eric

    It’s so weird. Why would he do that? It just doesn’t make any sense. He just won the race. He had no reason to be frustrated, and surely was tired too. Why exert the energy to just abuse the mascot for no reason?

  • Gern Blandston

    This guy should not be in the olympics, or on this planet. I vote to kick him off. The planet, that is.

  • upsset with bulles

    typical french euro-trash swine!

    he should be sanctioned and banned

  • upsset with bulles

    typical frnech euro-trash swine

    he should be sanctioned and banned

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