Police identify man who spiked marathon runners’ drinks with rum instead of water during race

He positioned himself halfway with the spiked drinks.

Police have identified a man who poured rum into drinks intended for runners during a marathon in Mexico City.

Some footage has made the rounds online that appears to show a drunken man filming himself performing the act.

In the video, which was shared on Twitter, the individual shows himself holding a bottle of white rum before pouring everything into the runner’s cups.

Members of the public complete the marathon race (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The man can be heard saying, “I’m going to pour bloody Matusalem [rum] so they can show off…”

He then adds that the 19,000 competitors present that day will be “at their best” during the race and that the event will be “the best in the world”. Yeah. You don’t know how true this can be?

Later, the director of the Mexico City Sports Institute, Javier Hidalgo Ponce, confirmed that the alcoholic mystery man had been identified and found, according to Mexico Daily News.

Fortunately, the participants did not drink fortified beverages because the workers at the hydration station spotted the doping.

A runner holds an energy bar and a water bottle during the marathon (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

But could have owned it? Did you guess it? Alcohol, ironically! The man had attempted doping in the early hours of the morning after leaving a nightclub on a night out.

While you might be tempted to laugh at his drunken idea, the situation might turn out to be different with drinks located at the 20 kilometer point. Basically, drinking pure alcohol could have been deadly.

Ponce said: “We are classifying this incident as a poisoning.”

He also confirmed that the names of the perpetrators had been given to the Attorney General’s office in Mexico City and that it was up to them to persecute him.

The manager blamed the incident on the Mexico City mayor’s office for allowing nightclubs to stay open so late.

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