Athletics badboy redeems himself

Zurich – French athletics badboy Mahiedine Mekhissi won the European outdoor 1 500m title on Sunday to make up for the disappointment of being disqualified after winning the 3 000m steeplechase on Thursday.

The 29-year-old – a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the steeplechase – sauntered home in a race littered with falls to take the gold on the final day of the championships in Zurich.

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi poses during the men's 1500m medal ceremony at the European athletics championships in Zurich. Credit: AFP

Mekhissi, who was given a suspended ban by the French federation, fined 1 500 euros and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after getting into a fist fight with compatriot Mehdi Baala after a Diamond League 1 500m race in 2011, was disqualified after winning his third successive steeplechase European crown on Thursday for whipping off his vest before the end of the race. – Sapa-AFP

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