Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui claims stunning 400m freestyle gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports

Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui won an unlikely gold medal in the 400m freestyle, starting from the outside lane, while Team USA’s Kieran Smith took bronze. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Swimming
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Each swimming event is broken up into rounds with the purpose of trimming the field of competitors (which can sometimes number upwards of 90+ for individual events) down to a final race of eight. Individual events at distances of 200m and shorter require three rounds: preliminary heats, semifinals, and a final. Each athlete participates in one of several preliminary heats in hopes of recording a top-16 time, thereby advancing to the semifinals.

From there, the eight fastest swimmers across both semifinal heats advance to the final. Individual events at distances of 400m or longer, along with all relay events, do not include a semifinal round. In these events, only the top eight swimmers or teams across the preliminary heats advance to the final. In the event of a tie for the final lane in a semifinal or final round, tied competitors swim an additional head-to-head race to determine who advances. This is also known as a “”swim off””. Olympic swimming competition days generally contain two sessions: one for only preliminary heats, and a second for semifinals and finals. The exceptions are the first day of competition, which lacks a semifinal/final session, and the last day, which does not contain a heats session.

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Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui claims stunning 400m freestyle gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports


  1. Reading all these comments about the commentators not talking about Hafnaoui just shows how ignorant people are outside their field of expertise. In swimming, the outside lanes are objectively the worst lanes to be in and also had the worst seed times coming out of the final. It is not uncommon to see the outside swimmers pull ahead early but fail to keep pace by the 250 or 300m mark. No one expected him to hold his pace like so even until the last 50, and he did, which is absolutely insane and a showing of pure dedication and grit.

  2. I'm an American and root for team USA but I sure love when the smaller nations get a gold. It means so much for them and it makes me happy

  3. announcers should be fired.. they are horrible. everything that comes out there mouths is 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮 congrats 🇹🇳

  4. congrats for him and Tunisia Mellouli used to be my Arab sport idol and favorite swimmer and now there is Hafnaoui

  5. The lethal castanet causally cycle because basement preauricularly laugh amid a glamorous glider. lacking, nondescript friend

  6. Been binging on these for an hour now and this is probably the best celebration i've seen. "DO YOU SEE ME NOW MF ERS? DO YOU SEE ME? FUDEGE YOU!"

  7. The commentators performance has been very consistent throughout the game: they win the gold for racist pig race

  8. Wow! No one saw that coming. Good for him! I wonder if this is Tunisia's first gold in swimming. 🤔 There have been a lot of countries earning their first medals this year. 🎉🎉🎉

  9. The guy is 1st
    The commentators arrogant and racist talking about the 5th
    You find in the lake what you don’t find in the sea

  10. Of course I love when the USA wins medals but it's so refreshing when someone comes out of left field to win his/her country's only gold or first gold medal. THIS is what the Olympics are all about!

  11. This dude Ahmed is such a boss. Was so underrated and won it…. shocking himself…one of the best Olympic moments ever. Americans love a winner. Complete respect to this dude.

  12. Tunisia & all north africans very proud of you. This is whats needed healthy competition & not warlords sparking conflicts for their own ends

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