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5 Audacious Sports Cheats (And How They Got Caught)

By now, you've probably heard about Lance Armstrong admitting to doping on The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired yesterday. But Armstrong's is hardly the most entertaining of sports cheating stories. A few from history stand out because of the stupidity, the cleverness, or the sheer audacity of the schemes -until they were caught. Did you know about the brothers who ran a marathon as a tag team?

In 1999, brothers Fika and Sergio decided to enter the 56 mile Comrades race in South Africa … as one contestant. While they weren’t twins, they did look an awful lot alike. Fika started the race while his brother hid in a portable toilet miles away. They switched places and Sergio ran the middle section of the race while Fika rested and then took over on the last leg. Despite their ingenious plan, they still only came in ninth place.

See if you can spot the difference between the brothers in the picture. Read the rest of their story, and those of four others, at mental_floss. Link

(Image source: Katy Walkers)


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