Tunisian swimmer wins second medal for Arabs at Tokyo Olympics

Tunisian Ahmed El Hefnaoui won the gold in the 400 meters freestyle swimming at the Tokyo Olympics, on Sunday, to give his country and the Arabs the second medal in the current Games.

El Hefnawy scored three minutes and 43.36 seconds to win the title after he surpassed in the last meters by 0.16 seconds over Australian Jack McLoughlin.

The bronze medal went to American Kieran Smith, who clocked three minutes 43.94 seconds.

Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi won the first Arab medal in Tokyo by winning a silver in the 58-kilogram weight class in taekwondo on Saturday.

From the first moment, El Hefnawy remained among the leaders in the race, and was the first to arrive, to win the second gold in swimming after the coronation of the American Chase Kailich in the 400m medley.

The Turkish city of Antalya was the last preparatory stop for Al-Hafnawi before his first participation in the Olympic Games. El Hefnawy will also run the 800m race in Tokyo.

Last month, El Hefnawy won the 400m freestyle gold in the French Championships, recording 3:46.16 d, and also won the 800 m race with a time of 7:45.54 d.

The former Tunisian swimming champion Oussama Mellouli, who won the 1500m freestyle golds in Beijing 2008 and 10 km in London 2012, had previously talked about the possibility of El Hefnawi getting on the podium at the Paris 2024 Olympics or Los Angeles 2028.

However, Al-Hefnawi had a different opinion after winning this early crown.

The Tunisian Swimming Federation indicated at the end of last year that El Hefnaoui was studying at the French Sports Institute Pierre de Coubertin and was training in Tunisia under the supervision of coaches Sami Ashour and Gebran El Taweli.

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