PAAIN – The man who disrupted the Olympic marathon, defrocked Irish priest Cornelius Horan, has a history of using unconventional tactics to get his message across.
Horan was arrested after dashing on to the marathon course in Athens and tackling leading runner Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima.
De Lima recovered but was soon overtaken and blamed losing the lead to Italy’s Stefano Baldini on the intruder.
Mebrahtom Keflezighi of the United States took the silver medal and Lima hung on for the bronze.
Horan ran on to the marathon course wearing a kilt and beret and a white shirt on which was pinned the message: "The Grand Prix Priest. Israel Fulfillment of Prophecy Says The Bible. The Second Coming is Near." He had a Star of David attached to his kilt.
"The man says he is Irish, he is also drunk. He had been to a taverna earlier," a police source told Reuters.
But the former Catholic priest has done something similar before.
Last year he interrupted the British Formula One Grand Prix last year by running on to the Silverstone track as cars approached at speeds in excess of 240kph. [Story
I mentioned the previous story on this priest here.