Taoufik Makhloufi won a silver medal in the men’s 800m, giving Algeria their first medal of these Olympic Games. He broke the National Record and was pipped to gold by World Record holder David Rudisha. The following day, Makhloufi won his 1500m heat and advances to the semi-finals where he will look to defend his Olympic title. Salim Keddar only just missed out on the 1500m semi-finals though.
The heats for the men’s 3000m steeplechase took place on Day 10 of the Games, but unfortunately all three Algerians could not make it to the final. Ali Messaoudi was disqualified from his heat, Bilal Tabti ran a time of 8:38.87 and Hicham Bouchicha clocked 8:33.61.
In the heats for the men’s 400m hurdles, Abdelmalik Lahoulou put in a stunning performance as he set a new National Record of 48.62. His semi-final run however was not quite quick enough to qualify him for the final.
Mohamed Flissi beat Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria to secure his place in the quarter-finals of the Flyweight. The Algerian boxer is now just one win away from winning a medal.
In the Greco-Roman 85kg section, Adem Boudjemline lost 3-0 to Bulgarian wrestler Nikolay Bayryakov. Tarek Benaissa won his first fight but lost his second in the quarter-final of the 66kg section, whilst Hamza Haloui was unable to qualify, ending Algeria’s hope of a medal in the wrestling.
Walid Bidani lifted a massive 410kg and was ranked fifth in the Group B final, setting a new National Record.