Veteran Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli praised the achievement of his compatriot Ahmed Ayoub El Hefnaoui, after winning the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle in a resounding surprise at the Tokyo Olympics today, Saturday.
“Everyone around the world congratulated me today, and I haven’t started participating yet,” Mellouli wrote on his official page on the social networking site “Facebook” today, Sunday.
Mellouli added, who is preparing to participate in the 10 km race in free water swimming, “Here, I am proud of you, green champion, on your historic day, as you have cheered us all in the Tokyo swimming pool with this achievement and this extraordinary brilliance.”
Al-Hefnawi, 18, a Tunisian club Esperance player, became the second Tunisian swimmer to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games, after swimmer Osama Mellouli, who won two golds in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 tournaments.
Mellouli, 37, who has great achievements in world swimming pools, will be present at the Olympic Games in the sixth consecutive participation in a record number in Tunisian sports.
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