UPDATE 2-Olympics-Athletics-Makhloufi reinstated in 1,500 metres

Mon Aug 6, 2012 7:13pm GMT
 

* Algerian 1,500 hope banned for not trying

* Exclusion reversed on medical grounds (writes through with reinstatement)

By Nick Mulvenney

LONDON (Reuters) - Algerian medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi was reinstated in the final of the 1,500 metres on Monday, hours after being thrown out of the London Olympics for not trying in his 800m heat.

Makhloufi lined up at the start of heat five at the Olympic Stadium on Monday morning but stopped at the end of the back straight and wandered across the infield past the pole vault area.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) referee subsequently banned him from the rest of the athletics programme for not providing "a bona fide effort".

The Algeria team, upset that the IAAF had not spoken to Makhloufi, said the athlete had a knee injury and the decision was later reversed on medical grounds.

"After reviewing evidence provided by the LOCOG medical officer, the disqualification of (Taoufik Makhloufi) from further participation in the athletics competition of the 2012 Olympic Games has been revoked," the IAAF said in a statement.

The 24-year-old had been obliged to run in the two-lap race after his team neglected to withdraw him by Sunday's deadline, an IAAF spokeswoman said.   Continued...

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