Taoufik Makhloufi will be looking to defend his Olympic title in the men’s 1500m final at 01:00. The 28-year-old won the gold four years ago at London 2012 and is looking to become the first ever Algerian to win two gold medals.
Makhloufi is already Algeria’s most decorated Olympian of all time with one gold and one silver to his name, which he won in the 800m earlier in the week. He won the gold medal in London with a time of 3:34.08, but the race tonight is expected to be bery competitive.
Although questions have been asked of his fitness, he qualified with ease having won his heat with a time of 3:46.82, and coming second in his semi-final with a time of 3:39.88. Makhloufi set a new National Record in the 800m final and it looks as though he will need to step up his game again.
Other competitors in the final include Kenyan runner Asbel Kiprop, who won the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Fellow North African Abdalaati Iguider is also expected to compete for a place on the podium. The Moroccan won a bronze medal at London 2012, and will want to go one better.