Rami Anis, part of the refugee team in Rio, made his Olympic debut by recording a personal best of 54.25 seconds in the men’s 100m freestyle heat.
Overall, he was 56th in a field of 59.
Anis carried the flag for the refugee team at the opening ceremony.
— TeamRefugees (@TeamRefugees) August 9, 2016
Originally from Syria, he left his country in 2011 after bombing in his hometown of Aleppo, and missed out on competing at the London Games.
He was granted asylum last year in Belgium.
Before the Rio Games, he told a press conference: “When I was a child I would dream about participating in the Olympics and our dream about participating in the Olympics under my country’s flag.
“However, I am proud that I am participating today even though I am participating as a refugee Olympic athlete. Obviously, I think about my homeland, Syria, and I do hope that by Tokyo 2020 there will be no refugees, nothing is nearer and dearer to my heart than the homeland.”
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