Our British Muslim athletes were certainly on fire this month at the Rio Olympics, bringing home a hoard of medals for Team GB!
Mo Farah built on his 2012 legacy with a stunning double gold, crossing the finish line in the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races with his characteristic Mobot followed by a double sajda. Many wrote off his chances in the 10,000 after seeing him take a tumble but then watched in amazement as he climbed to his feet and powered to victory.
The Team GB rowing team had its own golden Moe. Known as the “team engine”, the towering Moe Sbihi played his part in making Britain the first country to win five consecutive Olympic titles in the men’s four. Here’s Moe being interviewed by Ummahsonic during Ramadan.
Runner Adam Gemili missed out on a bronze in the 200 metres by the heartbreakingly narrow margin of three thousandths of a second. But he has every right to be proud of his terrific contribution as the Team GB athletics captain. And at just 22 years of age, Adam is bound to have future chances for medals.
The Walthamstow Warrior, Lutalo Muhammad was absolutely devastated to be beaten to the gold in the final second of his 80 kg taekwondo match. He cried and apologised to his fans in the BBC interview following the match but he should be in no doubt that winning silver is still a fantastic achievement.
Appearing at his first Games, the light-flyweight boxer Galal Yafai didn’t come away with a medal but enjoyed being the first Olympic boxer to win a match without a headguard since 1980. The digital analyst from Birmingham went on to push the World Champion, Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos all the way to a split decision and is now considering turning professional.
Want to see them in action? We put together this little video to celebrate their hard work and determination. Well done Team GB!