Runner DQ’d at European Championships for taking shirt off before win

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France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was stripped of what appeared to be a third straight European Championships title in the 3000m steeplechase after he was disqualified for taking off his shirt and putting it in his mouth in the last 100 meters.

Here’s video of Mekhissi-Benabbad’s antics.

It’s not his first run-in with trouble. After he won the European Championship in 2012, the Frenchman shoved the meet mascot, which was reportedly being worn by a 14-year-old girl.

In 2011, he and another French runner were suspended after they came to punches following a Diamond League race.

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But back to Thursday night in Zurich. Here’s a photo timeline of the Frenchman’s finish, via Getty Images:

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