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Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: An 18-year-old Tunisian, African pride in the Olympic pool

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Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: An 18-year-old Tunisian, African pride in the Olympic pool

Halfnoi won 400 free runs down the eighth fairway, much to the surprise of the favourites. Impressive from the start, he reached McLaughlin in the last 50. He is the successor of his compatriot Melauli.

Halfnoi, after winning the free 400.petr david josekAP

An 18-year-old Tunisian, champion of the 400 free in Tokyo, is Africa’s pride in the pool, where his role has been testimonials for a number of reasons, most importantly, the lack of means available to Europeans, Americans or Australians. . There are also some or the other races best adapted to the game, although there are exceptions, such as Anthony Nesty Or Simone Manuel, even if they are not from the mainland. Ahmed Hafnoiq It does not belong to sub-Saharan Africa, but to the Maghreb and, in particular, to a country that has already said things in the history of Olympic swimming, thanks to osama melouli, Olympic champion of 1,500 in Beijing. Hafnau is his successor.

The young swimmer, a giant, also conquered Eighth Street, for which there is hardly a precedent on the Olympic scene. He entered the water very firmly, without hesitation, and his way of maintaining the tempo of the race was astonishing, with a brilliant finish, despite his always regular strokes, to surpass the favourite, the Aussie. Jack McLaughlin, and dial 3:45.39. The African record (3:41.11) is still far away, but is within reach given his age.

There is an unexpected progress ahead of Hafnau, as he is able to reach the podium not only in the 400, but also in the 800 and 1,500 at the African Championships. Despite not being a great reference for his competitive level, they are in his case after seeing him at the Aquatic Center, where Madness took his coach to the stands.

An exceptional long-distance runner, Meloli is a benchmark for the new champion, whose characteristics give her a very wide range. Moreover, it is not a question of a swimmer made abroad, but in an African country. Meloli, for his part, wants to turn his young pupil into an open water event in his sixth Olympic Games, however, in Tokyo, Tunisia already has a new king, and Africa has a statue in the pool.