DQ’d winner denies doping
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The disqualified winner of the Orange County Marathon said he still thinks he’s a champion and denies he cheated.
Mohamed Fadil, of Albuquerque, N.M., finished Sunday in a record time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 42 seconds, but he was disqualified a few days later because video showed a bicyclist paced him and gave him fluids — both violations of USA Track & Field rules.
Fadil told the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he was worried about getting lost and asked the cyclist to lead him because the official cyclist got a flat tire and fell behind.
As for the fluids, Fadil says he didn’t know it was illegal.