London 2012: Algeria's Makhloufi wins 1,500 gold

First they told him to leave. Then they invited him back. Next they'll give him the gold. Kicked out of the London Olympics for presumably not trying hard enough in another event, Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi got a second chance and won the 1,500 meters in 3 minutes, 34.08 seconds.

  • Taoufik Makhloufi, in green, leads the pack. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Makhloufi runs in the men's 1500-meter. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Makhloufi reacts as he crosses the finish line. AFP PHOTO/OLIVIER MORIN

  • First and second. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS

  • Makhloufi looks up at the scoreboard. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

  • ...and raises his hands. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

  • Makhloufi holds his shirt to show his country's name. AFP PHOTO/OLIVIER MORIN

  • Makhloufi reacts to his win. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

  • Makhloufi holds his national flag. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS

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