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Yusra Mardini, 100-meter butterfly.

How is the Refugee Team doing in the Olympics?

By Annalisa Merelli

The 10 athletes in the Refugee Team began competing in Rio Aug. 6, when swimmer Yusra Mardini won her heat in the 100-meter butterfly competition. The marathon Aug. 21 will mark the team’s last event; track and field athlete Yonas Kinde will compete. The importance of representing the world’s 65 million refugees goes beyond any medal, but that doesn’t detract from the team’s athletic achievements.

Here’s a look at how they are performing (this post will be updated as more results come in):

Athlete Discipline Event Result Ranking
Yusra Mardini Swimming Women’s 100 m butterfly 1st in heat 41
Yusra Mardini Swimming Women’s 100 m freestyle 7th in heat 45
Anis Rami Swimming Men’s 100 m freestyle 6th in heat 56
Anis Rami Swimming Men’s 100 m butterfly 8th in heat 40
Yolanda Bukasa Mabika Judo Women’s 70 kg, round of 32 out n/a
Popole Misenga Judo Men’s 90 kg, round of 32 won n/a
Popole Misenga Judo Men’s 90 kg, round of 16 out n/a
Yech Pur Biel Athletics (track & field) Men’s 800 m 8th in heat  54
Anjelina Nadai Lohalith Athletics (track & field) Women’s 1500 m 14th in heat  40
James Chiengjiek Athletics (track & field) Men’s 400 m 8th in heat  50
Paulo Amotun Athletics (track & field) Men’s 1500 m 11th in heat  39
Rose Nathike Lokonyen Athletics (track & field) Women’s 800 m 7th in heat  61
Yonas Kinde Athletics (track & field) Men’s marathon Aug. 21  90