During the men's marathon event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, French runner Morhad Amdouni appeared to deliberately knock over an entire row of water bottles at a rehydration station. Now, after facing tons of backlash on the internet after footage of the incident went viral, Amdouni has revealed that the bottles were simply too "slippery" to pick up and that's why he ended up knocking them over.
"To put an end to all the controversy from the video, I show this video to actually understand what happened," Amdouni said. "To guarantee freshness to the bottles, they are soaked in water, which makes them slippery. However, it is clear that I am trying to get one from the beginning of the row but they slip as soon as we touch them."
Amdouni had been heavily criticized on social media for appearing to knocking over all the water bottles. Many believed that Amdouni did it on purpose, to make it more difficult for other competitors in the race to grab a battle.
As you can see in the video above, he did end up grabbing one final water bottle for himself as he kept chugging along in the race. The French runner finished 17th in the men's marathon event in Tokyo, which was six minutes behind gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya.
Kipchoge finished 80 seconds ahead of Netherlands' Abdi Nageeye, who crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08:38. In doing so, Kipchoge is just the third runner in history to win consecutive Olympic marathon gold medals.