A Kenyan runner cheated his way into a marathon by hiding among the crowd before joining the race with about a half-mile to the finish line — and still ended up in second place.
Julius Njogu (in black) was later arrested and is now facing fraud charges after falsely claiming the silver medal finish during Kenya's Nairobi International Marathon.
The 28-year-old breezed past Shadrack Kiptto, the real second-place finisher, down the final stretch after popping out of the crowd at Nyayo National Stadium.
He was in line to claim around $7,000 in prize money before being caught out and disqualified.
Stanchart Marathon : Julius Njogu akamatwa kwa kuwalaghai waandalizi kwa kukimbia kwa njia ya mkato https://t.co/Lb6pZ9GRox— HAPPENING (@HAPPENINGKENYA) October 25, 2015
Officials said they became suspicious because Njogu showed no signs of fatigue and was not sweating when he had supposedly just run 26 miles.
Video images later showed Njogu arguing with race officials, and even removing his running shoes in an apparent attempt to show organizers the blisters on his feet to prove he'd run the entire course.
They discovered that Njogu barely ran one mile after emerging from a bunch of spectators and joining the leading group of runners just outside the stadium.
Sounds like he has more blisters on his brain.