Olympic 1500m champ Taoufik Makhloufi out of worlds

Kenya's world and Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha has already been ruled out with a knee injury while Jamaican 100m champion Yohan Blake has withdrawn with a hamstring problem.

updated: July 19, 2013 12:56 IST
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Paris: Algeria's Olympic 1500m gold medallist Taoufik Makhloufi on Thursday withdrew from next month's world championships in Russia because of a viral infection, El Watan newspaper reported on its website.

The 25-year-old had a difficult start to his outdoor season, finishing 11th over a mile at Eugene, Oregon, on June 1.

He has not trained for the past month.

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