An Olympic marathon runner has divided the internet over footage that shows him knocking over a table of water bottles, depriving his thirsty competitors the chance to hydrate during their race.

Morhad Amdouni has denied that he knocked over the bottles on purpose and blamed the incident on the bottles being “slippery.”

Footage of the water bottles being knocked over by Amdouni during the Tokyo 2020 men’s marathon event quickly made rounds online.

Always opinionated broadcaster Piers Morgan chimed in to criticise Amdouni’s actions - and he didn’t hold back.

“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 competitors…Unbelievable!”

It appears that other people also agreed with Piers’ take.

Though there were people online that defended the marathon runner, who noted how physically exhausting the event can be.

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.

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