Due to the mounting backlash, Amdouni has since posted a response on his Facebook page to explain how he didn’t knock the water bottles over on purpose.
The video and Amdouni’s Facebook page now appears to be set as private.
He added a short message to summarise what had happened. Amdouni wrote: “To put an end to all the sterile polemics in the video, I put this video to actually understand what happened.”
The 33-year-old explained: “To guarantee freshness to the bottles, these are soaked in water which makes them slippery. However, it is clear that I am trying to get one from the beginning of the row but these barely slide we touch them.
“With fatigue and all that, I was gradually starting to lose lucidity and energy, while hanging on.”
Amdouni appeared remorseful, as he said sorry: “I would like to apologise to the athletes. At one point, I was trying to be able to hold a bottle of water but I dropped some. It was not easy, trying to be able to hang on.
“In principle, I try to be able to share also during the race, the bottles of water, while respecting everyone and going high and proud, to be able to fight for our colours of the jersey.”
In the end, the French marathon runner finished in 17th place with a time of 2:14.33, with Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge winning gold with a time of 2:08.18.