Would-Be Mexican Prez Exposed as Marathon Cheat

'Shortcut' helped '06 hopeful win Berlin race
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 4:13 PM CDT
Roberto Madrazo, leader of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, speaks on November 20, 2004, at a national assembly held in Mexico City to lay groundwork for electoral strategies to reg   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Mexican politician Roberto Madrazo, who placed a distant third in last year's presidential election, was stripped of his victory in the Berlin Marathon yesterday, the AP reports. Madrazo, dressed in suspiciously warm pants and a jacket, won the men's age-55 category last week in 2:41:12, but a review of electronic checkpoints revealed that he took a shortcut.

Madrazo's political career was also dotted by shortcuts. In 1996 he was accused of spending tens of millions more than allowed to win a state governorship. He later told police, in an apparent ploy for sympathy, that he'd been kidnapped and beaten for 7 hours. Madrazo's PRI party was known for election fraud during its decades-long rule.