During the Tokyo Olympics, Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui surprised everyone by winning the gold medal in the men’s 400 freestyle swimming out of lane 8.
Few people believed he could medal, let alone win the gold, mainly because he was not even among the 15 fastest seed times in the event.
But he is not the lowest seeded swimmer to ever win an Olympic gold medal. Instagram’s Swimming Stats page has published the list of the lowest seeded swimmers to win Olympic gold medals since 2000.
Hafnaoui arrived in Tokyo with a personal best of 3:46.16, which was the 16th-fastest