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  • Gold in Spain

    This athlete celebrates his 42nd birthday today (Thursday). He won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympic Games, but not without some controversy. Do you know this athlete?

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    Since you mentioned controversy, it must be Skah in the 10 K.

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      You got it dukehjsteve. Happy birthday today to Khalid Skah who turns 42 years old. The controversy in his 10,000 final in Barcelona involved his teammate, Hammou Boutayeb, who was lapped in the race by Skah and Richard Chelimo of Kenya. Instead of moving out of their way, Boutayeb bumped into Chelimo more than once and disrupted Chelimo's rhythm. Skah ran 59.3 for his final lap (Chelimo ran 60.4). Skah was disqualified, and then reinstated. I was in the stadium two days later for the victory ceremony and remember how loud the angry crowd was at Skah. By the way, Skah's winning time was 27:46.70 on a very warm day.

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