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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –

Representatives in charge of organizing the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon have announced that Daniel Mesfun is the official winner of the men’s race.

Controversy surrounded Mesfun, who took first place with a time of 2:16:33 on Sunday. He wore a T-shirt over his bib for a portion of the race, covering his runner’s number.

“We don’t believe Mr. Mesfun was trying to gain an unfair advantage,” said Executive Race Director Jack Staph, who explained that Mesfun put the extra shirt on to stay warm to ease stomach cramps, and forgot to remove it.

Watch Staph’s address to the media, which took place Tuesday afternoon:

 

READ MORE: Cleveland19.com

Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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Video Courtesy of Facebook and WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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