Topic: London 2012 Summer Olympics
LONDON, August 7 (RIA Novosti)
(UPDATES with quotes)
Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi won gold in the men's 1,500 meters on Tuesday, a day after having his disqualification from the event revoked.
Makhloufi, 24, put in a blistering final 200 meters to take gold in three minutes, 34.08 seconds.
Makhloufi had been thrown out of the Olympics for not trying his best in an early 800 meters heat.
He was reinstated on appeal Monday after submitting a doctor's note that he had been carrying an injury.
"It was the will of God, yesterday I was out, today I was in," Makhloufi said. Asked whether it affected his concentration for the final, he answered, "no."
"I just concentrated on my race and did not think about it. I always wanted this medal and I hope it will be the start of a new era of 1500m running in Algeria."
But he insisted he was still carrying an injury.
"I have a problem with my left leg and it may need surgery."
Leonel Manzano of the United States took silver with a season's best of 3:34.79.
"It was physically demanding, there were a couple of moments when I didn't know if I was still in it or not but I put myself in God's hands," Manzano said.
The bronze went to Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider in 3:35.13.
Beijing gold medalist Asbel Kiprop finished a surprise 12th in a relatively slow race.
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