Olympic 1500m champion Taoufik Makhloufi has become the latest star name to pull out of next month’s World Championships.
The Algerian has failed to recover from a viral infection and he joins the likes of David Rushida – the Olympic 800m champion – and Yohan Blake in missing the Moscow event.
Makhloufi was a controversial figure in London last year. He was disqualified from the Games for not making a “boda fide effort” during his 800m heat in order to preserve his energy for the 1500m final.
He appealed and produced a doctor’s certificate which said he had an injury, and he was subsequently reinstated and went on to win gold.
He was taken ill in January in Ethiopa and has struggled since, finishing in eleventh in a Diamond League meeting in Eugene last month.
Women’s 1,500 metres champion, Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey, will also miss the world championships after failing a drugs test.
Leading sprinters Tyson Gay of the United States and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell are also out after drugs test failures.
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- Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell: Faith in athletics on the line (chronicralph.wordpress.com)
- Makhloufi withdraws from athletics championship (vancouverdesi.com)
- Sport’s inconvenient truth (welshgull.wordpress.com)
- Sprinters Gay, Powell test positive for banned substances (chronicralph.wordpress.com)
- Yohan Blake out of world championships (olympictalk.nbcsports.com)
- Athletes split over doping scandals (3news.co.nz)