DQ'd Saudi Arabian Olympic karateka turned cult hero guests in WWE Crown Jewel

Oct 22, 2021
Tareg Hamedi at WWE Crown Jewel.

REMEMBER the Saudi Arabian karatedo who got disqualified in the gold medal match in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and settled for the silver medal?

Let us refresh your memory.

That was Tareg Hamedi, who looked poised to claim the gold in the men's kumite +75 kg category as he was leading, 4-1, against Iran's Sajjad Ganjzadeh in the final.

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Unfortunately, that ippon kick to the head knocked his Iranian foe out cold and led to his shock disqualification.

Well, it turns out that Hamedi's silver eventually shone like gold and that he already reached cult hero status back home in Saudi Arabia.

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And when he made a surprise appearance at the WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh on Friday (Manila time), he was celebrated like a true hero.

Hamedi stunned everyone inside the Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard as he came to the aid of Mansoor, delivering that head kick heard 'round the world to Mustafa Ali.

He need not to worry this time as his killer strike was only met with adulations as he and Mansoor made their way to the back.

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    When in Saudi Arabia, do as the Saudi Arabians do, we guess.

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