The men’s 400-meter freestyle final saw the two fastest qualifiers, Austria’s Felix Auboeck and Germany’s Bennet Henning Muhlleitner, take to the water first.
Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia, who was in lane 8, received zero consideration.
Nonetheless, Everyone’s Focus would Quickly go to Lane 8.
Hafnaoui started off in the bottom spot. His 3:45.68 qualifying time was two seconds off of Muhlleitner’s 3:43.68. When you’re playing a sport, two seconds can feel like an eternity.
As a result, Ahmed Hafnaoui was mostly ignored by his rivals, the press, and spectators throughout the world. There was no mention of him in the plots because he would be irrelevant to the election.
However, Hafnaoui’s Narrative was Arguably the Most Essential.
Covid has wreaked havoc on Tunisia. Other countries on the continent hastened to aid the North African country after it experienced one of the worst outbreaks on the continent.
Before the end of the month, Saudi Arabia rushed 1 million vaccine doses to Tunisia, joining the 800,000 doses already delivered by the UAE, Algeria, and Turkey.
The Sickened Nation wasn’t just Suffering from Covid.
As a result, there was economic and civil upheaval. The country’s problems have been compounded by corruption, rising youth unemployment, rising debt, and a deteriorating economy.
As a result of Covid, the tourist industry was completely wiped out. This weakened the already fragile social fabric in the country.
Ahmed Hafnaoui continued to train despite dangers to his homeland. He continued to train for the Olympics even after they were cancelled and tragedy struck his country.
He Swam to make it into the Olympics, to the Finals, and to bring Honour to his Country.
And then, with only 50 metres to go, he swam the race of his life to win an Olympic gold medal.
Those who were suffering in Ahmed’s own country of Tunisia should remember his primal scream. An achievement that brought hope and pride back to a nation ravaged by tragedy.
Over eleven million Tunisians cheered as their nation’s youngest Olympian, an 18-year-old, brought home gold. A young person participating in and possibly winning a competition in which he had no business being.
In any case, he Managed to Pull it off.
“That’s insane. When Hafnaoui first touched the wall and saw his reflection, he was sceptical. In the [last] 200 metres, I think, I noticed the Australian guy who was in lane six. The final battle was thrilling. So far, so good. I have a sense of accomplishment.
This sentiment encompassed all Tunisians everywhere. On Sunday, he provided a little respite for his country in just 3 minutes, 43.46 seconds.
Another disaster struck Tunisia on Monday. There has been talk of a coup when the President removed the Prime Minister and dissolved parliament. As Covid continues to wreak havoc across the country, it has led to more violence between the two camps’ followers.
Two days ago, though, Ahmed Hafnaoui was the Unifying factor in a Country in Pain.
“Even I was taken aback by that. It defies belief. The two-time gold medalist from Tunisia was shocked. “I was sobbing.
It felt fantastic to be surrounded by the flag and anthem of my nation. My heart swells with pride at the thought of it.