Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, were not present in Rio but were soon sharing their joy when Jordanian athlete Ahmad Abu Ghaush won Jordan’s first ever Olympic medal. Jordan has been a participant in the Olympic Games since 1980, but only eight athletes are participating in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Ahmad Abu Ghaush beat Russia’s Alexey Dinisenko 10-6 in the taekwondo -68kg event.
King Abdullah II and his son Crown Prince Hussein were quick to phone the athlete to congratulate him on his historic win. King Abdullah II said he was “happy for the champion like the rest of Jordan,” Jordanian Arabic newspaper Alanbatnews reported. Queen Rania later tweeted her pride at the great achievement.
— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) August 19, 2016
Other family members soon followed as well, such as Queen Noor (stepmother to the current King), Prince Ali and Prince Hamzah (half-brothers of the current King). The athlete also receive a call from Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein, who is the President of the Jordan Olympic Committee and Prince Rashid bin Al Hassan, who heads the Jordanian Taekwondo Federation.
Ahmad Abu Ghaush is expected at the Royal Palace in Amman next where he will be received by the royal family as a national hero.
“It’s an indescribable feeling to win the first medal in the history of Jordan in all the sports,” Abu Ghaush said after the final match against Russian Alexey Denisenko. “It’s also a great feeling to listen to the national anthem of Jordan being played in Rio in front of the whole world.” Ahmah Abu Ghaush was originally considered an outsider at the event as he placed as 10th.