European Championships: Steeplechaser disqualified for strip

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European Championships: Steeplechaser disqualified for shirt strip

French steeplechaser Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has been disqualified and stripped of gold at the European Championships for removing his shirt during the race.

The controversial athlete - who has been involved in fights with mascots and team-mates before - took off his vest when closing in on the win, jumping the last hurdle with the garment in his mouth.

The Spanish team raised a complaint which was upheld and sees Mekhissi-Benabbad disqualified from the competition.

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