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Taoufik Makhloufi wins Olympic gold 24 hours after disqualification

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Published on Aug 7, 2012

It would make a decent HM Bateman cartoon: The Man Who Won Olympic Gold After Being Thrown Out For Not Trying. Actually, it is a good story on all sorts of levels. Barely 24 hours after he was excluded from the Games for what many saw as a lack of moral fibre, Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi won the men's 1500m title at an almost embarrassing canter. Idle perceptions have rarely been confounded so swiftly and utterly.Those Chinese badminton players chucked out for deliberately underperforming last week will wonder afresh whether the rules are being applied entirely evenly across the board. Unlike them, Makloufi was reprieved by the authorities having initially been excluded from the Olympics for making only a cursory effort in Monday's 800m heat, raising all kinds of conflicting questions.

The International Association of Athletics Federations had initially taken a dim view of the Algerian's 800m performance, in which he jogged barely 150m before opting to drop out and wander back across the infield. "The referee considered he had not provided a bona fide effort and decided to exclude him from participation in all further events in the competition," said an IAAF statement.

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Comments • 4

algeriancodlegend
olympic champion
paulouk83
dodgy!
xoxcanadaxox
YES!!!!!!! Gold
Mehdi J Blige
Eat your hearts out jealous wankers !!!
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