Despite almost not getting to race the 1500m, Taoufik Makhloufi came out on top. He was temporarily kicked out of the entire Olympics after seemingly not having given enough effort in the 800m. With two doctors proving he had dropped out due to injury, Makhloufi was reinstated just in time to win gold. He got out hard to establish a lead before settling in to a fast, even pace. With the race being less than four laps, it wasn't long before the competition began to reel him in. Makhloufi shot forward, however, and ran away from the pack throughout the entire final lap.