By Mourad Hajj: Tunisian El Hefnawi gifted Arabs the first gold in Tokyo Olympics

El Hefnaoui

Tunisian El Hefnawi gifted Arabs the first gold in Tokyo Olympics

By: Mourad Hajj

Tunisian Ahmed Ayoub El Hefnaoui achieved a big surprise by winning, today, Sunday, the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle race in the Olympic Games that continue in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, until August 8th.

El Hefnawy scored a time of 3 minutes, 43 seconds, and 36 percent in the final race, ahead of Australian Jack Mama Glen (3 minutes, 43 seconds, and 52 percent) and the American Kieran Smith (3 minutes, 43 seconds, and 94 percent).

Al-Hefnawi, 18, had the "weakest time" in the race qualifiers among the eight swimmers who participated in the final race, which made all the followers and critics surprised by his outstanding achievement, similar to the world swimming legend, American Michael Phelps, who said in press statements. Tokyo: "Unbelievable performance; I think he broke his time by about 5 seconds. The difference between these games and previous editions, every swimmer in the final has a chance to win gold."

The former Olympic champion, Tunisian Osama Mellouli, sent a congratulatory message to his compatriot Hafnawi.

Mellouli published a message on his official page on the social networking site "Facebook," in which he said: "Thunder bombardment .. El-Hafnawi, the Olympic champion in the 400 meters. He is the first African citizen to win the gold medal in this race. Simply wonderful."

El Hefnaoui's gold is Tunisia's second medal in the "Tokyo 2020" Olympics, after the silver won by Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi in taekwondo yesterday, Saturday.

On the other hand, most Arab countries are still waiting to enter the Tokyo Olympics medals table, officially launched on Friday.

0/Post a Comment/Comments