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DQ’d winner denies doping

on May 09, 2014 10:10 AM

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.

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