Taoufik Makhloufi

Taoufik Makhloufi is an Algerian middle-distance runner who has achieved success on the international stage. Born on April 29, 1988, in Souk Ahras, Algeria, Makhloufi began his athletic career as a teenager, competing in various national and regional competitions.
Makhloufi’s breakthrough came in 2010, when he won gold in the 800m at the African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. The following year, he competed in the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where he finished fourth in the 800m.
In 2012, Makhloufi’s career reached new heights when he competed in the London Olympics. He won a silver medal in the 1500m, finishing just behind Taufik Salah of Morocco. However, Makhloufi was disqualified from the Games for allegedly not trying in his heat of the 800m. After an appeal, the decision was overturned, and Makhloufi was allowed to compete in the 1500m final. He went on to win gold in the event, becoming the first Algerian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics.
Makhloufi continued to achieve success in the years following the Olympics. He won gold in the 800m and 1500m at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey, and went on to win silver in the 1500m at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.
In 2016, Makhloufi competed in the Rio Olympics, where he defended his Olympic title in the 1500m, becoming the first man to do so since Sebastian Coe in 1984. He also won a silver medal in the 800m, making him one of the most successful athletes of the Games.
Throughout his career, Makhloufi has been known for his tactical racing style, often biding his time before unleashing a powerful kick in the final stages of a race. He has also been praised for his versatility, being able to compete at a high level in both the 800m and 1500m.
Off the track, Makhloufi is known for his dedication to his family and his Muslim faith. He has spoken about the importance of balancing his athletic career with his personal life and his religious beliefs.
Overall, Taoufik Makhloufi is one of the most successful and respected athletes in Algerian history, and his achievements on the international stage have made him a role model for aspiring runners around the world.