Tokyo Olympics 2020: The MENA medalists
Despite a low-key closing ceremony to an extraordinary Olympics - mostly played out in empty venues with only athletes, team officials, and media present - sporting stars from the Middle East made history with thrilling performances and mesmerising moments.
Most notable was Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui's shock win in the men's 400m freestyle, whose stunned and surprised face at winning the gold was beamed worldwide and encapsulated the prevailing spirit of the Olympics.
Also exceptional was the touching moment when Qatari high jumper Mutaz Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi - after the briefest of conversations - agreed to share a gold medal, sending both into raptures.
In total, athletes from the MENA took home 42 medals, 12 of them gold.
Here's a recap of the participants from the region who returned home with medals from Tokyo 2020.
Kalkidan Gezahegne, silver, women's 10,000m
Feryal Abdelaziz, gold, women's karate +61kg
Ahmed Elgendy, silver, men's individual modern pentathlon
Giana Lotfy, bronze, women's -61kg karate
Seif Eissa, bronze, men's -80kg taekwondo
Hedaya Malak, bronze, women's -67kg taekwondo
Mohamed Elsayed, bronze, men's Greco-Roman wrestling 67kg
Sajad Ganjzadeh, gold, men's +75kg karate
Javad Foroughi, gold, men's 10m air pistol
Mohammadreza Geraei, gold, men's Greco-Roman 67kg wrestling
Ali Davoudi, silver, men's +109kg weightlifting
Hassan Yazdanicharati, silver, men's 86kg freestyle wrestling
Amir Hossein Zare, bronze, men's freestyle 125kg wrestling
Mohammadhadi Saravi, bronze, men's Greco-Roman 97kg wrestling
Saleh Elsharabaty, silver, men's -80kg taekwondo
Abdel Rahman Almasatfa, bronze, men's -67kg karate
Abdullah Alrashidi, bronze, men's skeet
Soufiane El Bakkali, gold, men's 3,000m steeplechase
Mutaz Essa Barshim, gold, men's high jump
Fares Ibrahim Elbakh, gold, men's 96kg weightlifting
Cherif Younoussane/Ahmed Tijan, bronze, men's beach volleyball
Tareq Hamedi, silver, men's +75kg karate
Man Asaad, bronze, men's weightlifting +109kg
Ahmed Hafnaoui, gold, men's 400m freestyle swimming
Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi, silver, men's -58kg taekwondo