Mellouli named best athlete of Arab Games, earns $140,000


According to, Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli was named the Super Star and Best Athlete of the 12th Arab Games Thursday, winning a cash prize of $75,000. Mellouli won the title in style, having claimed 13 gold medals in the different swimming races during the Games, and being one of the main reason that Tunesia overtook hosts Qatar for second place in medal standings. He qualified for the London Olympic Games, and won an additional $65,000 for winning the 13 gold medals, bringing his total purse to $140,000. How’s that for a guy that earlier this month almost pulled out of the Games because of a popped rib head.


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