Tunisians fete new Olympic king Hafnaoui

Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui celebrates after winning the final of the men's 400m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 25, 2021.

Photo credit: Attila Kisbenedek | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The 18-year-old produced a devastating late burst way out in lane eight on Sunday -- Republic Day in Tunisia -- to win the 400 metres freestyle in 3min 43.36sec, overhauling Australian Jack McLoughlin
  • His gold, combined with compatriot Ons Jabeur's eye-catching run to the Wimbledon women's quarter-finals, has allowed sport to provide a welcome distraction for the hard-pressed Tunisian people this summer
  • Hafnaoui said his thoughts turned to his parents as he stood on the medal podium



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