Orange County Marathon winner disqualified for getting aid

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The winner of the Orange County Marathon has been disqualified for receiving improper assistance from a cyclist who paced him and provided fluids during the race.

The Orange County Register reports that Mohamed Fadil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was disqualified Tuesday and his race-record time of 2:21:42 was thrown out.

That makes Stephan Shay of Huntington Beach the men's division winner and recipient of the $2,000 first prize.

The Register says marathon officials reviewed video of Sunday's race after a protest was issued, and found that Fadil had received aid in violation of USA Track & Field rules.

Marathon director Gary Kutscher says the improper assistance was recorded in five videos.

Fadil had no public phone listing in Albuquerque and couldn't be reached by The Associated Press for comment Wednesday.

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