We had a major case of outside smoke during the men’s 400-meter freestyle final — Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia surged for the win all the way in lane 8! It was a tight race in the last 100 meters, with just 0.58 separating the top 3 times. Hafnaoui’s 3:43.36 gave him the win by just 0.16!
18-year-old Hafnaoui brought American Kieran Smith along for the ride, too — Smith won bronze from Lane 7. Australian Jack McLoughlin touched second for silver.
Hafnaoui is the first African swimmer to win gold in this event and the second Tunisian swimmer to win a gold medal — Ous Mellouli is the first. He won gold in the 1500 free at the 2008 Olympics.
This race, and Hafnaoui’s emotional finish, are what the Olympics are all about: giving it your all on the world stage, where anything can happen!