London: Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi has been thrown out of the Olympic Games here for not trying hard enough in his 800-metre heat on Monday, according to a International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) statement on Monday.
Makhloufi has already qualified for Tuesday's 1,500-metre final as semi-final winner. He didn't finish Monday morning's 800-metre heat, reports Xinhua.
"Makhloufi did not finish the race," the statement said. "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."