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Refugee Olympic Team at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Olympic flag.svg
Individuals competed under the Olympic Flag
IOC code ROT
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 10 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Rose Lokonyen (opening)[1]
Popole Misenga (closing)
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Refugee Olympic Team competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016, as independent Olympic participants. In March 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach declared that the IOC would choose five to ten refugees to compete at the Rio Olympics, in the context of the "worldwide refugee crisis",[2] of which the European migrant crisis is a prominent part. The athletes competed under the Olympic Flag. Initially, they were labeled "Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes", with the IOC country code ROA,[3] but this was updated to Refugee Olympic Team with the country code ROT.[4][5]

As part of an effort "to show solidarity with the world's refugees",[6] the United Nations Refugee Agency selected Ibrahim Al-Hussein, a Syrian refugee residing in Athens, Greece, to carry the Olympic flame through the Eleonas refugee and migrant camp in the city as part of the 2016 torch relay.[7]

In addition, Kuwaiti athletes competed under the Olympic flag and the "Independent Olympic Athletes" title as a result of the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee, their national Olympic Committee.[8]

Team selection and funding

The IOC identified 43 potential candidates for inclusion in the team with the final selection to take into account sporting ability, personal circumstances, and United Nations-verified refugee status.[3] In order to pay for athlete training, a fund of US$2 million was created by the IOC. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) were then asked to identify any displaced athletes in their countries who might be able to reach Olympic standard.[9]

An initial three athletes were identified as potential competitors for Rio; Yusra Mardini, a 17-year-old Syrian swimmer, who crossed from Turkey into Greece in an inflatable boat (swimming after its motor had stopped) before crossing Europe by train through mainland Greece, the Balkans, Hungary and Austria to eventually reach Germany where she now lives and trains;[10] Raheleh Asemani, an Iranian taekwondo athlete training in Belgium; and judoka Popole Misenga, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but now living in Brazil.[9] Mardini and Asemani have received IOC Olympic Solidarity scholarships.[10] Asemani was later granted Belgian citizenship and applied to compete instead for the Belgian team, with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach saying that such permission was expected to be granted.[11]

Additional candidates were identified: among refugees of the Syrian Civil War, cyclists Ahmad Badr Waid and Nazir Jaser and triathlete Mohamad Masoo; and in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, where a support program run by former marathon world record holder Tegla Loroupe identified 23 athletes.[9][10]

Refugee Olympic team arriving in Rio de Janeiro

On 3 June 2016, the IOC announced a team of ten athletes would compete as part of the refugee team at the Games.[2] The team was led by Loroupe, who acted as a "peace ambassador".[12] Rose Lokonyen was selected as the flag bearer for the opening ceremony, and judoka Popole Misenga was chosen to carry the flag for the closing ceremony.[13][14]

Athlete Country of origin Host NOC Sport Event
James Chiengjiek  South Sudan  Kenya Athletics 400 m
Yiech Biel  South Sudan  Kenya Athletics 800 m
Paulo Lokoro  South Sudan  Kenya Athletics 1500 m
Yonas Kinde  Ethiopia  Luxembourg Athletics Marathon
Popole Misenga  Democratic Republic of Congo  Brazil Judo 90 kg
Rami Anis  Syria  Belgium Swimming 100 m butterfly
Rose Lokonyen  South Sudan  Kenya Athletics 800 m
Anjelina Lohalith  South Sudan  Kenya Athletics 1500 m
Yolande Mabika  Democratic Republic of Congo  Brazil Judo 70 kg
Yusra Mardini  Syria  Germany Swimming 100 m freestyle

Athletics

Rose Lokonyen arriving in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games

Four men and two women competed in the Games in the athletics competitions.[2] Yonas Kinde is originally from Ethiopia and was 36 years old at the time of these Olympics, and competed in the men's Marathon.[15] On 21 August, finished the Marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 8 seconds which put him in 90th place out of 140 classified finishers.[16] James Chiengjiek, originally from South Sudan was 24 years old at the time.[17] He took part in the 400 meters, Assigned to the fourth heat, he finished in a time of 52.89 seconds, which was eighth in the heat. Only the top three from each heat, plus the next three fastest overall, were allowed to progress, meaning he was eliminated.[18] Yiech Biel, also originally from South Sudan, was 21 at the time of the Olympics.[19] Biel's race was the 800 m meters, where he finished eighth in his heat with a time of 1 minute and 54.67 seconds, insufficient to qualify for the next round.[20]

Rose Lokonyen, also from South Sudan, was 21 years of age at the time of the Rio Olympics.[21] She raced in the 800 meters and was seventh in her heat with a time of 2 minutes and 16.64 seconds.[22] In this race, the top two from each heat, as well as the next eight fastest overall qualified to move on, but Lokonyen's time was not fast enough to do so.[22] Anjelina Lohalith was 23 at the time of these Olympics and was also originally from South Sudan.[23] She ran in the women's 1500 meters race, and finished 14th and last in her heat with a time of 4 minutes and 47.38 seconds, eliminating her from the competition.[24] Paulo Lokoro ran the men's 1500 meters; he was 24 yeasr old and originally form South Sudan.[25] He finished 11th in his heat with a time of 4 minutes and 3.96 seconds, out of 12 classified finishers of his heat.[26] This was not sufficient to advance him to the semi-finals.[27]

Key

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event

Men

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
James Chiengjiek 400 m 52.89 8 Did not advance
Yiech Biel 800 m 1:54.67 8 Did not advance
Paulo Lokoro 1500 m 4:03.96 11 Did not advance
Yonas Kinde Marathon N/A 2:24:08 90

Women

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Rose Lokonyen 800 m 2:16.64 7 Did not advance
Anjelina Lohalith 1500 m 4:47.38 14 Did not advance

Judo

Two judokas were selected as part of the team, one male and one female. Both Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but have been training in Brazil.[2] Misenga was 24 years old at the time of these Olympics.[28] He competed in the men's middleweight competition, held on 10 August, and received a bye through the first round.[29] In the second round, he beat Avtar Singh of India,[30] and in the third round lost to eventual bronze medalist Gwak Dong-han of South Korea.[31] Misenga was officially recorded as finishing in a tie for ninth place.[32] Mabika was 28 years old at the time of the Rio Olympics.[33] On 10 August, she lost in the first round of the women's −70 kg to Linda Bolder of Israel.[34] She is recorded as finishing a joint 17th place.[35]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Popole Misenga Men's −90 kg Bye  Singh (IND)
W 001–000
 Gwak D-h (KOR)
L 000–100
Did not advance
Yolande Mabika Women's −70 kg N/A  Bolder (ISR)
L 000–110
Did not advance

Swimming

Yusra Mardini was one of two swimmers for the Refugee Team in Rio.

Two swimmers were selected for the team, one male and one female; Rami Anis, originally from Syria but now training in Belgium and Yusra Mardini also originally from Syria but now living in Germany. An assistant coach, Khamis Agear, is also from Syria.[2] Anis was 25 years old at the time of the Rio Olympics.[36] On 9 August, he took part in the men's 100 meters freestyle's first round, where the top 16 swimmers would proceed to the semifinals.[37] His time was 54.25 seconds, 6th of 8 swimmers in his heat[37] and 56th of 59 overall competitors, meaning he was eliminated in the first round.[38] On 11 August he competed in the men's 100 meters butterfly. In the first round, he swam a time of 56.23 seconds, last in his heat.[39] As the top 16 could proceed to the semifinals,[39] and he was ranked 40th overall, he was unable to advance.[40]

Mardini was 18 years old at the time of the 2016 Olympics.[41] On 6 August, she swam in the first round of the women's 100 meters butterfly; and won her heat in a time of 1 minute and 9.21 seconds.[42] However, only the top 16 overall were to advance to the semifinals,[42] and her overall ranking was 40th.[43] Next for her was the women's 100 meters freestyle on 10 August. She was 7th in her heat with a time of 1 minute and 4.66 seconds, and, as usual, the top 16 overall fastest times made the semifinals.[44] Her overall placement with that time was 45th, so she was eliminated.[45]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Rami Anis Men's 100 m butterfly 56.23 40 Did not advance
Men's 100 m freestyle 54.25 56 Did not advance
Yusra Mardini Women's 100 m freestyle 1:04.66 45 Did not advance
Women's 100 m butterfly 1:09.21 41 Did not advance

Qualifiers for the latter rounds of all events were decided on a time only basis, therefore ranks shown are overall results versus competitors in all heats.

See also

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