Marathon Winner Rode The Bus To Victory, Stripped Of Medal
A British marathon runner has been stripped of his bronze medal and could potentially be kicked out of his runners club and banned from future marathons after he caught a bus during the race and crossed the finish line for a third place finish.
Rob Sloan was running in a marathon in Britain when he told reports after “completing” the race that it has been “absolutely, unbelievably tough.”
How tough was the marathon? At the 20-mile mark Sloan decided to wait for a bus and then ride it to near the finish line.
Sloan’s shortcut was discovered after the true third place finisher said nobody passed them during the second leg of the race, while several onlookers say Mr. Sloan was hiding behind a tree only to emerge as the bronze medal winner.
According to one race organizer:
“He was the only runner in the whole of the race who ran the second half quicker than the first half.”
While Sloan initially claimed to finish the entire race in 2:51:00 he later admitted that he was tired and decided to catch a ride to the finish line.
Sloan was stripped of his medal and the true third place marathon runner was awarded the bronze.
If there was a marathon for catching a buss mid-stride this guy would have the gold medal in the bag, now he just looks lazy, which says a lot considering the guy ran 20-miles before giving up.