Algerian Taoufik thrown out for not trying hard

Aug 07, 2012, 08:37 IST | AFP

Algerian medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi has been thrown out of the Olympics for not trying hard enough in his 800m heat yesterday

Makhloufi, who had already qualified for tomorrow’s 1500m final by winning his semi-final, ran in heat five of the first round of the 800m yesterday but failed to finish. “Makhloufi did not finish the race. 

The referee considered that he had not provided a bonafide effort and decided to exclude him from participation in all further events in the competition under Rule 142.4,” the statement said.

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