I've watched the 2016 marathon trials at least a dozen times on DVR over the past year and there's an incident at one of the first fluid stations during the female race that makes me cringe every time I see it.
Misiker Demissie Demissie is drafting Amy Cragg really closely, almost on her heels for the first 20 minutes of the race. They approach an aid station and it clearly appears Demissie misses her fluid (table #2) due to her focus on drafting Cragg and being boxed out from other runners. She then grabs a bottle from table #3, looks at it, then just drops it in the immediate path of all the other runners. She then grabs a dissimilar bottle with a huge yellow straw from table #4 and starts drinking.
It happens really quickly, but her actions are so unbelievably reckless. Taking other people's bottles during record heat, then tossing it in the immediate path of folks running at least 5:50 pace at that time.
She drops from the lead pack shortly thereafter and from the race at 53:36 according to her splits.
I'm curious if someone has a special fluids table assignment list from 2016. I can't find it online. Want to know if she even had fluids in the race because she was a late entry (article linked below).
I know it's too late for a DQ, but perhaps someone from USATF could sit down with Demissie at her next race and explain how selfish and reckless her actions were that day. She likely ruined someone's race with her bottle stealing and potentially could have hurt someone with how she discarded it.