2020 Tokyo Olympics: Watch Runner Purposefully Knock Over Water Bottles for Competitors

by Megan Molseed

A move made by Olympic runner Morhad Amdouni is causing quite the controversy this weekend. In a video of his Sunday Olympics race, the french runner is seen knocking down a row of water bottles at one of the hydration stations located on the track.

The video, which is circling online, shows Amdouni knocking down nearly the entire row of water bottles before finally grabbing one for himself at the end of the table.

Was the Olympics Runner’s Move Intentional?

“Thoughts on Amdouni knocking over an entire row of water before taking the last one?” posted Australian Olympic runner on his Twitter page early in the day. The video posted along with the tweet shows the Olympics runners as they move past the hydration station. Each grabs one bottle until Amdouni approaches. Then, we see his hand as it drags across the table, knocking down almost every water bottle. Amdouni finally grabs a bottle at the end of the table.

Once the video began to trend, a lot of people shared their two cents about the Olympics incident. Some looked at the runner’s position in the group. Then explaining away the incident as a mere accident as he reached for the water bottle. Others see it as an insidious act.

Still, others are leaving the decision as to whether or not it was an accident or a conscious act up to the officials.

“I’ll probably let the audience be the judge as to whether that’s been done deliberately,” said former track and field Olympian Dave Culbert of the incident.

In the video, it is clear that the Olympic athlete was running between two other racers. He wasn’t immediately next to the water bottles. It is possible that being sandwiched this way in the latte part of the 26-mile race, as well as having to reach around other athletes to access the bottles created a scenario where Morhad Amdouni accidentally knocked the water bottles over while grabbing for one. Additionally, temperatures were recorded as high as 84 degrees during the race, with high humidity.

“I think it is pretty hard to grab those drinks,” noted another runner, former Olympics track and field competitor, Tamsyn Manou. “But it’s not helpful to the athletes behind him.”

Some Think The Act Was Purposeful

Others are certain the move was intentional.

“BREAKING: The Gold medal for biggest d*ckhead of the Tokyo Olympics goes to French marathon runner Morhad Amdouni who deliberately knocks over all the water for his fellow competitor,” wrote the broadcasting personality Piers Morgan in a Sunday morning tweet. “Unbelievable!”

The post also included a video of the Sunday incident at the Olympics.

Amdouni placed seventeenth in this Olympic event. There was another water station set up right after this one, fortunately for the other runners.