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Morning Mail: French track stars hate mascots (video)

Jul 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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In this week’s episode of Anger Management, French track star Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is at it again. The Algerian native had just won the 3000 meter steeplechase at The European Athletic Championships in Helsinki, when a mascot approached to hand him a small award. Mekhissi-Benabbad reacted as you or I would: he slapped the gift from the mascot’s hand and shoved him backwards.

Oh, but actually it wasn’t a “he.” The person inside the mascot costume turned out to be be a 14-year-old girl.

The girl was believed to have been slightly winded by the unexpected attack but otherwise unharmed. Yet championship organisers were livid, according to Karjalainen news.

Championship director Mika Muukka told the news agency that “hopefully, the EAA (European Athletics Association) would deal with the case”.

Mekhissi-Benabbad seems to get slappy every year around this time. After winning the same race at the 2010 championships in Barcelona, he asked a mascot to kneel in front of him before pushing it to the ground. And in July of 2011, he actually got into a brawl with teammate Mehdi Baala at the finish line of the 1500 meters at the Monaco Diamond League games.

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  1. t16rich - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I hope he gets beat up. The girl gave him space, he approached her.

  2. clickablecontent - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    That’s gotta be the douchiest thing I’ve ever seen.