Algerian Olympic runner reinstated for 1,500 final

  • In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi reacts after finishing the men's 1500-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. AP Photo/Martin Meissner

  • Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi reacts after competing in a men's 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

LONDON: Algerian middle-distance runner Taoufik Makhloufi has been reinstated for the 1,500-meter final after he had been disqualified from the London Olympics for allegedly not trying hard enough Monday in the 800 heats.

Makhloufi had already qualified for Tuesday's 1,500 final, where he was a likely medal contender, when he stopped running in the first lap of his 800 heat.

The race referee ruled that the 24-year-old African champion in the 800 was guilty of "failure to compete honestly with bona fide effort" but the Algerian federation insisted he had a knee problem and that organizers knew about it.

After assessing evidence of a games medical officer, the disqualification was revoked and the runner can compete in Tuesday's 1,500 final.





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