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July 25, 2021

Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui storms to gold in men's 400m freestyle final.

#AhmedHafnaoui has shocked the swimming world with a stunning victory in the men's 400m freestyle final. The 18-year-old, who just three years ago finished eighth in the same event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, beat off the challenge of Australia's Jack McLoughlin and the USA's Kieran Smith to win gold.
After a lightning-fast first 200m that was under world-record pace, times slowed in the second half of the race. However, Hafnaoui grew stronger over the last 50 metres, touching the wall in 3:43.36.
Hafnaoui had entered the final as the underdog, having qualified eighth from the prelims in a time of 3:48.68. In 2019, he had stated his intent to win gold in #Paris2024, however he can now call himself an #Olympic #champion in Tokyo having become the fifth Tunisian to win a #goldmedal at an #OlympicGames.

All my Respect and Congratulations to Ahmed Hafnaoui. What an epic #win for #Tunisia 🇹🇳 at the @Tokyo2020 @Olympics!