Weekend Medal Update: Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait


Saudi Arabia’s equestrian team jumping members celebrate with their bronze medals in Greenwich Park at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (BRITAIN)

It was an eventful weekend for the region, as Iran brought home its second medal (a gold!) and Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait all won their first medals of the London Games.

Iran’s first gold of the Games was awarded to Hamid Mohammad Soryan Reihanpour in Men’s 55kg Greco-Roman wrestling. It is the second Olympics for Reihanpour, who came in fifth in Beijing.

Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli, who will be competing in both the Men’s 1500m Freestyle and the Men’s 10km Marathon, took home the bronze medal for the former; the latter event is set to take place on Friday, August 10.

Kuwait’s Fehaid Aldeehani celebrates after winning his second Olympic medal REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN)

Saudi Arabia’s Equestrian Team (pictured) also won a bronze, for team jumping. This is the second-ever equestrian medal for the country (Khaled Al Eid won a bronze for individual show jumping in Sydney) and the third-ever medal for the country.

Finally, twelve years after winning his first Olympic medal for men’s double trap, Fehaid Aldeehani made his country proud by winning Kuwait’s second-ever Olympic medal.