December 2, 2022


From Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui’s shock win within the males’s 400m freestyle to the heart-melting second when Qatari excessive jumper Mutaz Barshim instructed sharing a gold medal with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, athletes from the Center East and North Africa (MENA) had their justifiable share of medals at this yr’s summer season Olympics in Tokyo.

They raked in a complete of 42 medals, 12 of them gold.

Al Jazeera takes a take a look at how MENA nations carried out in Tokyo 2020.

Tunisia

Swimmer Hafnaoui, 18, shocked the world on July 25 when, towards all odds, he overtook 400m freestyle favourites Jack McLoughlin of Australia and the US’s Kieran Smith to offer his nation its first and solely gold medal at this yr’s Video games.

Hafnaoui’s achievement was all of the extra spectacular provided that he had the slowest time within the penultimate spherical held a day earlier.

That day, fellow countryman and judoka Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi got here near giving Tunisia a gold medal earlier than dropping to Italy’s Vito Dell’Aquila within the 58kg class.

Morocco

Soufiane El Bakkali gave Morocco its first gold within the 3,000m steeplechase, clocking in at 8:08:90.

Morocco had not seen gold since Hichem El Guerrouj’s victories within the 1,500m and 5,000m races at Athens 2004.

Egypt

Like Morocco, Egypt put behind a 17-year dry spell after karateka Feryel Abdelaziz clinched a gold medal within the girls’s +61kg Kumite occasion.

Fellow karateka Giana Farouk had, a day earlier, secured bronze for Egypt within the -61 kg Kumite occasion.

Ahmed Elgendy gained silver within the males’s fashionable pentathlon, turning into the primary African to win a medal within the occasion on the Olympics.

In Taekwondo, Hedaya Malak and Seif Eissa every gained bronze within the 67kg and -80kg occasions, respectively, whereas Mohamed el-Sayed got here third within the males’s Greco-Roman wrestling’s 67kg class.

Qatar

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was the fruits of a decade of arduous work for Qatar’s Mutaz Barshim.

After ending third and second on the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics, the 30-year-old Qatari lastly struck gold.

That medal was shared with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi after a nail-biting finale that noticed each athletes report a finest clearance of two.37m.

It wasn’t Qatar’s first gold medal at this yr’s video games.

Twenty-three-year-old weightlifter Fares Elbakh gained Qatar its first-ever gold medal after dominating the boys’s 96kg, setting new marks for the clear and jerk (225kg) and whole raise (402kg).

Elsewhere, Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan made it to the rostrum after beating Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Edgars for third place within the males’s seashore volleyball.

Turkey

With a grand whole of 13 medals, Turkey completed because the area’s finest performer at this yr’s Summer season Video games.

This contains two gold medals, gained by Busenaz Surmeneli and Mete Gazoz within the in girls’s welterweight boxing and males’s archery, respectively.

Karateka Samdan Eray gained silver within the males’s 67kg occasion whereas Buse Naz Cakiroglu got here second in boxing’s flyweight class.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia was slated to win a primary gold medal at this summer season’s video games after karateka Tareg Hamedi certified for the boys’s +75kg ultimate.

That was till the referee known as off the sport and disqualified Hamedi over a excessive kick to Iranian Sajad Ganjzadeh’s neck.

Hamedi nonetheless made it to the rostrum – but it surely not for the primary place medal he yearned for.

Iran

Iran gained a complete of seven medals, three of which have been gold.

First-time Olympian Javad Foroughi set a brand new Olympic report of 244.8 factors in males’s 10m air pistol occasion, clinching the primary capturing gold for Iran in Olympic historical past.

And after the disqualification of Saudi Arabia’s Tareg Hamedi over an unchecked assault, Sajad Ganjzadeh was awarded gold within the males’s +75kg karate ultimate.

Fighter Mohammadreza Geraei defeated Ukraine’s Parviz Nasibov and claimed the boys’s Greco-Roman wrestling 67kg title. The 21-year-old gained Iran its first gold medal within the wrestling competitors.

Jordan

Saleh Elsharabaty gave Jordan its second Olympic medal after ending second on the taekwondo 80kg occasion.

Abdel Rahman Almasatfa took that tally to 3 after successful bronze within the Males’s Karate Kumite 67kg.

Bahrain

Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne gained the dominion’s first medal on the Tokyo Olympics after clinching silver within the girls’s 10,000m.

Kalkidan ran a superb race to complete in 29:56.18, behind Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.

Syria

Weightlifter Man Asaad earned Syria a bronze within the males’s +109kg class, Syria’s solely medal this yr.

The 27-year-old posted a 190kg within the snatch class and adopted that with a clear and jerk better of 234kg, for a complete of 424kg.

Kuwait

Abdullah Al-Rashidi, 57, gained a bronze medal for Kuwait within the skeet capturing occasion.

It was Al-Rashidi’s second Olympic medal, however first for his nation after Kuwaiti athletes weren’t allowed to symbolize the nation at Rio 2016.

Competing towards a lot youthful shooters, he hit 46 of 60 targets to comfortably earn his second straight bronze medal.

Israel

Israel gained 4 medals: Two gold and two bronze.

Artem Dolgopyat gained the nation its second gold medal, however its first in creative gymnastics.

Linoy Ashram additionally gained a gold medal in all-around rhythmic gymnastics, scoring 107.8 total and beating three-time world all-around champion and heavy gold-medal favorite, Russia’s Dina Averina, in addition to her similar twin sister Arina, a two-time particular person world champion.





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