Tunisia’s champion Ahmed Hafnaoui, also known as the Shark of Carthage, is becoming one of the greatest swimmers in the history of distance swimming.
Tunisia’s sole gold medalist at Tokyo 2020, Ahmed Hafnaoui, has returned to the top of the podium after winning three medals at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan this month.
Hafnaoui held off Team USA’s Bobby Finke in the 1,500 free, out-touching the American by five hundredths of a second to finish in a championship record 14:31.54 which is also the second-fastest time ever.
With the victory, Hafnaoui captured his second world title and third medal of the meet. On Wednesday, Hafnaoui posted the third-fastest time ever in the 800-meter freestyle in 7:37.00 for his first-career world championship. The Tunisian champion also took silver in the 400-meter freestyle, finishing second by just two tenths.
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