Top 10 Disqualified Summer Olympians in History

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Eight badminton players were disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics after authorities determined four pairs of players were intentionally throwing games in order to try to earn a better pairing in the medal rounds. Two pairs from South Korea, one Chinese team and an Indonesian team were thrown out of the Games ahead of the single-elimination round, according to Yahoo! Sports.

This wasn't the first time Olympians have been disqualified from the Summer Olympics and it probably won't be the last. This is just the second recorded instance of someone being thrown out for failing to do his or her best, according to Bloomberg.

Most disqualifications happen for an assortment of other reasons, such as drug use or cheating.

1) Ben Johnson, 1988: Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-meter dash gold medal and sent home from Seoul when he tested positive for steroids. BBC News stated the track world was shocked by his incredibly fast time of 9.79 seconds.

2) Italian Fencers, 1924: The entire Italian fencing team was disqualified in the 1924 Summer Olympics when matches were thrown to intentionally inflate the score of Oreste Puliti. The incident was discovered when a judge awarded an Italian fencer a point but then the man reacted with disgust.

3) Paraskevi Papahristou, 2012: Greek track and field athlete Paraskevi Papahristou was sent home before the Games even started. The New York Times states she posted a racist comment on her Twitter account July 22 and was retweeted more than 100 times. She was not considered a contender.

4) Michel Morganella, 2012: Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was expelled from his team July 30 hours after the team lost to South Korea. The Associated Press reported the player was stripped of his Olympic accreditation.

5) Evander Holyfield, 1984: Evander Holyfield was disqualified in a semifinal bout in the 1984 Summer Olympics for hitting his opponent after a break was sounded. The Biography Channel states many who witnessed the fight in person dispute the claim of the match referee.

6) Oscar Pistorius, 2008: Oscar Pistorius was disqualified from competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing because of this two prosthetic legs. Engadget.com states the reason was that the athlete uses 25 percent less energy to be propelled the same distance. This year, the runner will compete alongside others.

7) Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, 1968: Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall has the dubious distinction of being the first Olympian to be disqualified over drug use. The History Channel states he drank two beers to "calm his nerves" before the pistol shoot in the pentathlon.

8) Angel Matos, 2008: Angel Matos of Cuba didn't live up to his first name when he kicked a taekwondo referee in the face in Beijing. Matos was disqualified by a Swedish referee for taking too long during an injury timeout. Matos was banned from the sport, according to the New York Times.

9) Ewa Klobukowska, 1968: Polish sprinter Ewa Klobukowska was barred from running in the 1968 Mexico City Games because a chromosomal test revealed a genetic disorder that made her appear, at least scientifically, to be a man. The New York Times reports the athlete passed a test where she appeared nude in front of doctors to confirm her gender.

10) Maria Jose Martinez Patino, 1984: Spanish hurdler Maria Jose Martinez Patino was similarly disqualified in the 1980s when a chromosomal test showed she had a Y chromosome in her genetic makeup, making her a male instead of a female -- which was perceived as an unfair advantage.

William Browning has been a fan of the Summer Olympics since the games of 1984 in Los Angeles.

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