18-Year-Old Unexpectedly Wins Olympic Gold Medal, His Family's Reaction Is Incredible
Gold medalist Ahmed Hafnaoui’s family cheered for him non-stop as he raced to be the fastest swimmer at the Tokyo Olympics -- their reactions were priceless.
People from Tunisia were undoubtedly proud of their athlete, Ahmed Hafnaoui, as he took home the gold at the Tokyo Olympics. However, his family was over the moon and cheered for him uncontrollably while watching the competition.
The 18-year-old’s chances of winning were slim after placing last out of the eight finalists for the 400-meter race, but Hafnaoui took his shot at victory at the very last opportunity.
In a video initially shared by a Tunisian sports news outlet, Hafnaoui’s family was seen and heard cheering from the heart as they watched their champion swim against other contestants.
His family was heard screaming throughout the footage, which only intensified the momentum as he took the lead in the final stretch. SportsJOE reposted the clip and tweeted:
“This will give you goosebumps [...] It would be an understatement to say his family went wild.”
When asked why she did not want to join the Olympics during a press conference, Williams said that there were many reasons on her list.
Through the video alone, viewers can feel the excitement and happiness of Hafnaoui’s clan as he won the competition, showing that they are all supportive of the athlete. Twitter users also reacted to the post, including one who said:
“I actually had goosebumps, delighted for him.”
This will give you goosebumps.— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) July 26, 2021
18-year-old Ahmed Hafnaoui's wasn't given a prayer in the men's 400m freestyle final.
He went out and won and watching the race back home in Tunisia, it would be an understatement to say his family went wild.pic.twitter.com/QYz1SUd2zf
Footage of Hafnaoui internalizing his winning moment also showed the joy and disbelief in his eyes as he splashed water around in excitement. In an interview with NBC, as told by UpWorthy, Hafnaoui said:
“I just can’t believe that. It’s amazing.”
Unbelievable, that is what the Olympics is all about. Awesome. Congratulations 🎉🎊🍾— Tracey Gauthier-Pete (@TraceyGP01) July 27, 2021
Many around the globe anticipated the Tokyo Olympics after it was postponed due to the pandemic. While every country has its best bets, the USA will not be cheering for tennis champion Serena Williams this year.
Williams previously said that she would not be participating in the games. “I’m actually not on the Olympic list,” she said. “Not that I’m aware of, and if so, then I shouldn’t be on it.”
When asked why she did not want to join the Olympics during a press conference, Williams said that there were many reasons on her list, but she did not add any more details.