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Disqualified Athlete Gets Medal

August 29, 2001

SHERBROOKE, Quebec (AP) _ A runner who was disqualified after dropping his shorts to moon the crowd at the Canada Games has the bronze medal after all, thanks to the athlete who took his place on the stand.

Daniel Blouin, who finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last week’s event, got his medal Tuesday from fourth-place finisher Reid Coolsaet at an unofficial ceremony.

``I won this medal by finishing third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and I think it’s an honorable gesture by Reid Coolsaet,″ Blouin said. ``Reid finished fourth and he didn’t think he deserved the bronze medal.″

The official records of the games still will show Coolsaet as the third-place finisher.

Blouin decided for unspecified reasons to moon a section of the crowd after the Aug. 22 race. Organizers promptly disqualified him under sportsmanship rules of track’s world federation.

Blouin concedes that he erred, but insists the punishment was too severe.

``They banned me from the games as if I was on drugs, a cheater,″ he said.

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