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Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi, front right, reacts after winning gold alongside silver medallist Leonel Manzano of the United States in the men's 1500-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Tuesday.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Algerian runner banned Monday, allowed back Tuesday --- then wins gold

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi, the top qualifier in the 1,500, was told to go home after he quit due to injury during his 800 heat Monday, then he appealed --- and won --- and was allowed back Tuesday, winning the 1,500 gold medal and capping one of the more bizarre stories of the entire 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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