Ahmed Hefnawy took care of the biggest event in swimming competitions on Sunday at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
An 18-year-old from Tunisia, he won gold in the 400m despite being the slowest in qualifying for those who managed to reach the finals.
As a completely outside player, he qualified for the finals, but outperformed all competitors in them. The said section swam two seconds faster than qualifying and won the gold medal with a score of three minutes 43.36 seconds.
The second place and silver medal went to Australian candidate, Jack McLaughlin, by 16 per cent of a second, while American Kieran Smith had a score of 58 per cent lower than the winner.
Hafnani himself was in shock, first because he had ever made it to the finals, and then, when he touched the pool wall, “at first he couldn’t believe he won,” he noted after the race.
“This is a dream come true,” said the young Tunisian. “I was hoping to win the gold medal over the 800m in 2024 and here’s one at a double distance now.”
There was also a surprise in the women’s 400m competition, as Japan’s Yui Ohashi beat the Americans (Emma, Yant and Haley Fleckinger) in the final.
Today, one world record in swimming has been “broken”, and the Australians took care of it in the 4×100-meter relay.
Bronte, Kate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Meg Harris improved their scores and the best world score ever, and it’s now three minutes 29 seconds and 69 hundredths.
With a delay of three seconds and nine hundredths of a second, the Canadians swam for the silver, and the Americans came in third, who lost second place by three hundred.
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