Refugee Swimmer Yusra Mardini Wins First Heat of Women’s 100 Fly


Yusra Mardini, a member of the Refugee Olympic Team, won the opening heat of the women’s 100 fly, touching in 1:09.21, just off her entry time of 1:08.51.

In March of 2016 IOC President Thomas Bach announced he would choose five to ten refugee athletes to compete at the Olympics due to the worldwide refugee crisis.

Mardini, originally from Syria, is one of ten Refugee team athletes and one of two swimmers. The other swimmer, Rami Anis, is also originally from Syria. He will compete in the men’s 100 fly, and Mardini will also compete in the women’s 100 freestyle.

Each Refugee athlete is being hosted by an NOC (National Olympic Committee). Mardini is being hosted by Germany, while Anis is being hosted by Belgium.

The other Refugee athletes will compete in Athletics (8) and Judo (2).


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S Watts
4 years ago

Great idea, I hope this team does well.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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