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Rio 2016: Taoufik Makhloufi, Asbel Kiprop Advance to 1500m Semis

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, 2008 Olympic gold medallist and three-time defending world champion, easily won his heat in 3:38.97.

AFP

Updated:August 16, 2016, 7:50 PM IST
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Rio 2016: Taoufik Makhloufi, Asbel Kiprop Advance to 1500m Semis
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Rio Algeria's defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi on Tuesday advanced smoothly to the semi-finals of the men's 1500m just hours after bagging silver in the 800m.

Makhloufi, who came in second in the 800m behind David Rudisha late Monday, timed 3min 47.07sec to win his heat.

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, 2008 Olympic gold medallist and three-time defending world champion, easily won his heat in 3:38.97.

Also qualifying for Thursday's semi-finals, with the final scheduled for Saturday, are Kiprop's teammate Ronald Kwemoi as well as Morocco's world bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider, Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman and American duo Ben Blankenship and Matther Centrowitz.

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