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Olympic 1500m champion to miss world championships

Athletics - Olympics: Day 15

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria celebrates after winning silver in the Men’s 1500 meter Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi, who took 1500m gold and silver at the last two Olympics, will reportedly miss the world track and field championships next month due to a calf injury.

Makhloufi, who last competed in September, issued a statement Monday that he will not race in London in August, according to the Algeria Press Service.

Makhloufi, 29, was the surprise 2012 Olympic 1500m champion after failing to make it out of the semifinals at the 2009 and 2011 Worlds. He was earlier briefly disqualified from the London Games for not giving a “bona fide effort” by pulling out of his 800m first-round heat after the first lap.

In Rio, Makhloufi became the first man to earn medals in the 800m and 1500m (both silver) at one Olympics since Seb Coe in 1984.

Makhloufi’s absence will boost the hopes of Rio 1500m gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz to bag his first world title in London.

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