SANTA ANA, California — The winner of the Orange County Marathon has been disqualified for receiving improper assistance from a cyclist who paced him and provided fluids.
The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/Rq077J ) reports that Mohamed Fadil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was disqualified on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) and his race-record time of two hours, 21:42 minutes was thrown out.
That makes Stephan Shay of Huntington Beach the winner and recipient of the US$2,000 first prize.
The Register says marathon officials reviewed video of Sunday's race after a protest was issued, and found that Fadil had received aid in violation of USA Track & Field rules.
Marathon director Gary Kutscher says the improper assistance was recorded in five videos.