Olympic Shenanigans: Algerian Medal Contender Banned From Competition

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Olympic Shenanigans: Algerian Medal Contender Banned From Competition
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The Olympic shenanigans continue today, as Algerian 1500m runner Taoufik Makhloufi was told he wouldn't be allowed to compete in any further competition after not providing a "bona fide effort" in the 800m quarterfinals.

Makhloufi won his heat of the 1500m quarterfinals on Friday and unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the 800m in order to keep his legs fresh for a medal run in his main event. 200 meters into his heat of the 800, he slowed down and then "wandered across the infield."

According to an IAAF spokesperson, there's a chance the Algerian can be reinstated pending a "medical certificate from a local doctor."