AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's first Olympic champion, taekwondo gold-medal winner Ahmad Abughaush, has returned home to a royal welcome.
The 20-year-old athlete was greeted by three princes, his family and a cheering crowd late on Tuesday at the kingdom's main airport, after his return from the Rio Games.
Abughaush told reporters that he hopes to "uphold this title which I achieved this year and to win in the upcoming Olympics 2020."
His surprise victory last week set off cheers across Jordan, which had never previously won an Olympic medal. A public celebration will be held on Friday in a park in the Jordanian capital of Amman.