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Track Race Turns Ugly as Baala Headbutts Mekhissi-Benabbad
July 23, 2011Posted by on
French middle distance runners Mehdi Baala مهدي بعلة and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad came to blows at the end of the 1,500m run at the Monaca Diamond League last week. The two athletes figured in a heated argument before Baala, the 2006 European 1,500m champion, headbutted Mekhissi-Benabbad, the 2010 European 3,000m steeplechase champion.
The elder Baala, despite the headbutt, was on the retreat throughout the bizarre encounter, as the younger Mekhissi-Benabbad threw four wild swings against the former’s single punch to the cheek.
Both athletes are top-tier athletes, having won medals at the World Championships (Baala) and the Olympics (Mekhissi-Benabbad). To say that the incident is shocking is an understatement! What a disgrace to the sport!
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