Updated: Friday, 15 August 2014 04:56 | By Agence France-Presse

Mekhissi stripped of gold after stripping off shirt

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi was stripped of his gold medal and disqualified from the European athletics championships on Thursday after peeling off his shirt before he crossed the line in first place.


Mekhissi stripped of gold after stripping off shirt

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (L) crosses the finish line after removing his jersey in the last meters, during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on August 14, 2014 - by Franck Fife

His compatriot Yoann Kowal was promoted to the gold medal position instead although the French delegation can lodge an appeal over Mekhissi's exclusion.

The Spanish team had made the original protest over Mekhissi after a race in which their athlete Angel Mullera had finished fourth.

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