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Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui swims to Gold in the men’s 400m freestyle final

Ahmed Hafnaoui pulls off a staggering performance to win gold at the men's 400m freestyle in an event largely dominated by Australia and USA over the years

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui has caused upset in the swimming world with an extraordinary victory in the men’s 400m freestyle final.

The 18-year old took gold with a time of 3:43.36.

This was just 0.16 seconds before Australia’s Jack McLoughlin, who took silver (3:43.52) and Kieran Smith from the USA took bronze (3:43.94).

The African was able to beat off the challenge and swim to finish ahead of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin who was the favorite to win it.

In an event that has been largely dominated by Australia and the USA over the years, Hafnaoui was in tears after he finished and his coach was elated at the stands.

This is just the beginning for the 18-year old.

Hafnaoui just three years ago finished eighth in the same event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

“Take a bow young man that was absolutely extraordinary,” Lizzie Simmonds said on commentary.

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