Athlete tossed from Olympics for 'not trying'

Is this the "true" Olympic spirit in the 21st century? Guardian: The Algerian 1500m medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi has been thrown out of the London Olympics for not trying in his 800m heat, the International Association of Athletics Federations have said. Makhloufi, who won his 1500m semi-final in 3min 42.24sec, had been forced to run in the two-lap race after his team failed to withdraw him from it by Sunday's deadline, an IAAF spokeswoman said. The 24-year-old lined up at the start of heat five at the Olympic stadium on Monday morning but was already well behind the field at the start of the back straight before stopping running completely another 100m into the race and wandering back across the infield past the pole vault area. "The referee considered that he had not provided a bona fide effort and decided to exclude him from participation in all further events in the competition," read an IAAF statement. Makhloufi stormed past the Olympic and world champion Asbel...(Read Full Post)