Morhad Amdouni, 33, was filmed knocking over an entire row of water bottles in the second half of the 26-mile race when temperatures soared to 28C. The French marathoner grabbed the last bottle on the table leaving nothing on the hydration station table for the runners behind him. Mr. Amdouni finished the race in 17th place.
The current footage divided opinions on Twitter as to whether the move was intentional or not.
One wrote: “Run an Olympic marathon in 30 degree heat and see how your hand / eye coordination plays out at 30 km.”
Another added: “He’s not next to the table. He has to bend and stretch while running at high speed. He’s sandwiched between other runners. Definitely absolutely knackered by the heat. and humidity. The benefit of the doubt, it was an accident. “
A third person said: “There is no way it could be an accident. He very deliberately runs his hand along the table, knocking bottles over for several seconds without attempting to pick one up.”
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Mr. Amdouni then defended himself by explaining on Twitter what had happened: “To put an end to all the controversy over the video, I show this video to really understand what happened.
“To ensure the freshness of the bottles, they are soaked in water, which makes them slippery. However, it is clear that I try to have one from the beginning of the row but they slip as soon as you touch them.
The Tokyo Olympics ended with Team GB achieving one of its best performances.
Japan’s total of 65 medals matches the number won at Team GB’s home Olympics in London in 2012 and is only two minutes off Rio’s 2016 record.
There have been 22 gold medals won – the fourth best performance ever by a British team.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the nation’s successful Olympians have demonstrated “there is no limit to what we can accomplish”, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said the athletes had shows “strength, passion and determination”.
“The number of people who came to see me afterwards and said to themselves ‘I would have left him out of this’ – and to be honest, me too!” she told BBC Sport.
“I was talking to him last night and he said ‘I just wanna go home.’ So obviously he won – that’s just typical Jason, that.”
Laura, who won gold with Katie Archibald in the madison, was chosen to carry the GB team flag at the closing ceremony, which she described as “an absolute honor”.
Laura said: “The past 18 months have been tough for everyone, and I really hope my teammates and I have given the nation something to celebrate.
“It’s not entirely clear that I am now Britain’s most successful female athlete, all I know is that I worked so hard to be here and I wouldn’t couldn’t do it without the support of my family, friends and everyone at British Cycling. “