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Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad Rips Off Shirt Well Before Race's Conclusion

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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterAugust 14, 2014

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was well on his way to winning the gold medal in the European 3,000-meter steeplechase, his third consecutive capture. 

The controversial Frenchman had an absurd moment as he neared the finish, though, as he whipped his shirt off and started celebrating well before crossing the finish line. 

As a result, the Spanish team launched an official complaint and the IAAF subsequently disqualified him from the event

He's no stranger to controversy, as Eurosport pointed out

This is the same man who pushed over a mascot and got into a tiff with his own team-mate. 

[Eurosport]

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