Tunisian swimmer Ahmed El Hefnawy gives Arabs the first gold medal

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Tunisian swimmer Ahmed El Hefnaoui won the first gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics, after he topped the 400m freestyle race on Sunday. This is Tunisia’s second medal in the Games, the day after Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi won silver in the 58-kg category in taekwondo. However, the second day of the women’s tennis competition witnessed a shocking surprise, after the exit from the first round of his compatriot Anas Jaber, one of the candidates to compete for the title.

The Tunisian star shined for the second day in a row in Tokyo Olympics After the young swimmer Ahmed Ayoub Al-Hefnawi snatched the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle race, the first Arab gold in the Olympics.

El Hefnawy, 18, managed to achieve a great achievement, with a time of 3:43.36 minutes, the third best time this year, ahead of Australian Jack McLaughlin by 0.16 seconds and the young American Kieran Smith by 0.58 seconds.

About this achievement, El Hefnawy told NBC after his coronation, “I can’t believe it! It’s great this morning, I felt better than yesterday. I’m an Olympic champion now.” “I put my head in the water and that’s what happened. I can’t believe it! This is a dream come true,” added the young man, born on December 4, 2002.

Second Tunisian medal

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. This is Tunisia’s second medal in these games, after Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi was crowned Saturday with a silver -58 kg in taekwondo.

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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 in Tokyo in the 800 meters race, after his brilliance and winning titles in the 400 and 800 meters races in the French championships.

The former Tunisian swimming champion Osama Mellouli, who won the 1500 meters freestyle gold in Beijing 2008 and 10 km in London 2012, had previously talked about the possibility of El Hefnawi ascending to the podium at the Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2028 Olympics, but the latter had a different opinion and won this early and honorable crown for the Arabs.

Tunisian anthem in Tokyo after El Hefnawi gold

Tunisian anthem in Tokyo after El Hefnawi gold

For its part, the Tunisian Swimming Federation had 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.

Australian women break the world record

On the other hand, the Australian women on Sunday broke the world record by winning the relay gold 4 times 100 freestyle, retaining their titles from Rio 2016 and London 2012. The Australian team finished the race in 3:29.69 minutes against Canada, who won the silver medal by 3, 09 seconds and the United States bronze by 3.12 seconds. The team broke the record set by itself in April 2018 at the Commonwealth Games (3:30.05 minutes).

This is Australia’s first gold in the Tokyo Olympics and the third in total (silver and bronze). Three of the female swimmers who won in Rio and also achieved world records at the time were the sisters Bronte and Kate Campbell, in addition to Emma McKeown, while Meg Harris won her first medal after replacing Brittany Elmlay. Kate Campbell was also with the team that won gold in 2012 and bronze in 2008.

On the second day of the Games, which witnessed the award of 18 gold medals, the American Chase Kailich was crowned in the 400m medley in swimming, after the resounding exit of Japan’s Daya Seto from the heats.

And Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi won the gold in the 400-meter medley race Sunday. The 25-year-old Japanese clocked a time of 4:32.08, ahead of Americans Emma Wyant, second, by 0.68 seconds, and Haley Flickinger, third, by 2.82 seconds. Hungarian Katinka Hossou, who has dominated this competition since setting the world record at the 2016 Rio Olympics, competed in the first 200 meters of the race, but failed to settle matters as usual, finishing fifth.

Tennis: Anas Jaber bid farewell early!

The second day of the women’s tennis competitions at the Tokyo Olympics witnessed two big surprises, represented by the exit of the world’s number one, Australian Ashleigh Barty and Tunisian Anas Jaber, one of the candidates to compete for the title from the first round, at the hands of Spaniards Sarah Soribes Tormo and Carla Soares Navarro, respectively.

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Japan’s second-ranked Naomi Osaka, for her part, returned to the ground after a voluntary denial, easily crossing to the second round at the expense of China’s Sai Si Jing in her first match since her controversial withdrawal from the French Open.

The first skateboard medal in Olympic history

Japan’s Yuto Horigumi became the first Olympic skateboard champion after clinching gold in Sunday’s street competition. Horigumi, 22, scored a total of 37.18 points, ahead of Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler, who won silver (36.15), and American Jagger Eaton, who won bronze (35.35).

Skateboarding was included in the Olympic program for the first time through two competitions (streets and park) for men and women.

American gymnastics legend Simone Biles is preparing for the start of her journey, as she may become the first woman in more than half a century to retain her title in the full competition.

Biles intends to raise the total number of her medals in the Games to nine gold, equal to the record of the Soviet Larisa Latynina achieved in 1956, 1960 and 1964.

Kevin Durant leads the United States basketball team in a fiery confrontation with France in the first round of the group stage, while the veteran Dutch bike, Anna van der Bergen, twice world champion, records gold again in the road race, after winning the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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