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British Muslims Olympics 2016

British Muslims where among the many team GB athletes who competed in this Year’s  Rio 2016 Olympics.

Mo Farah
Mens 10,000m &  5000m

Mohamed Farah Olympics Champion
Mohamed Farah of Great Britain poses with his medals for the Men’s 10,000m and 5000m

The most well-known British Muslim athlete, is the Olympics Champion Mohamed Farah also known as Mo (born 23 March 1983) is a long distance runner. He won two gold medals at the 2012 Olympics held in London in the 5,000m and 10,000m races and retained his title once more winning Gold in both events in Rio 2016, cementing his place as GB’s greatest ever track athlete.

The victory for Farah, 33, made him the first runner to complete the “double double” of 5,000m and 10,000m golds in consecutive Olympic Games since the Finn Lasse Viren in 1976.

Already GB’s greatest track and field athlete after he won a third gold medal, he is now the only British track and field athlete to win four golds.

In an interview with Emel magazine, he said:

You’ve got to believe in God. Everything happens for a reason, so you shouldn’t get wound up. I think the way I am, the way I’m chilled out, has a lot to do with being a Muslim and having faith.

It also says in the Qur’an that you must work hard in whatever you do, so I work hard in training and that’s got a lot to do with being successful. It doesn’t just come overnight, you’ve got to train for it and believe in yourself; that’s the most important thing.

I normally pray before I race, I read dua [Islamic prayers or invocations’ think about how hard I’ve worked and just go for it.

Mohamed Sbihi
Rowing – Men’s coxless four

Mohamed Sbihi

A powerful and imposing presence at 6’6” tall, Mohamed Sbihi has established himself as one of the leading figures in the men’s heavyweight squad.

Mohamed Sbihi (born 27 March 1988) is a British rower of Moroccan origin. Known to all in the rowing world as Moe – has followed up his bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games with three successive World Championship titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 plus a European crown. Mohamed has now added to his medal collection winning Gold and crowned as an Olympic Champion in 2016.

Mohamed Sbihi
Mohamed Sbihi (second from left) , wins gold in the Men’s Coxless Four with team mates Alex Gregory, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis .

Mohamed, who recites verses of the Qur’an before each race, hopes to inspire Muslim kids. He told the Guardian:

I hope I am an inspiration to young Muslim kids. Hopefully I can show they can participate in sport and be practising Muslims as well. It’s a privilege but also a shame. It’s great that I’m the first but why should I be? There are plenty more Muslim people in this country who could have done what I’ve done.

Mohamed also draws from the Islamic teachings and equality and sport.

One of the things Islam teaches you is that everyone’s the same regardless of background or their faith. It’s exactly the same in sport. We go through such hard times together as a group it doesn’t matter where you’re from, or how rich or poor you are. You’re in there for one reason and that’s to row the boat well.

Qais Ashfaq
Boxing – Bantam 56 KG

Qais Ashfaq

Yorkshire-born boxer Qais Ashfaq started boxing at an early age, notching up a number of domestic achievements including England Boxing Schools, Junior and Elite titles, before gaining international glory with a gold medal at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games.

Qais has secured a number of medals at international events in his five years as a member of the GB Boxing squad, and has a prolific track record as a member of the British Lionhearts squad in the World Series of Boxing.

His top career achievements came at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 European Championships where he secured a silver medal on both occasions.

Qais qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games competing in the bantamweight division, by securing silver at the 2016 AIBA Olympic Qualification Event in Samsun, Turkey.


  • 2016 AIBA Olympic Qualification Event, Samsun – Silver
  • 2015 EUBC European Championships, Samokov – Silver
  • 2015 European Games, Baku – Bronze
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow – Silver
  • 2014 England Boxing Elite National Championship – Gold
  • 2012 England Boxing Elite National Championship – Gold

He told Artefact magazine:

First and foremost, we have to thank Allah (Gold). To be honest, Islam has done a lot for me, especially in terms of boxing because it has always made me believe in myself.

Before and after every fight, I pray – it makes me feel so much better, it helps my nerves. It makes me mentally confident and physically confident. Little things in that belief in God it makes a difference and makes the world a better place.

Missing out on a medals this Olympics Qais posted in his Instagram:

Adam Gemili
Men’s 4x100m Relay & Men’s 200m

Adam Gemili

Adam Gemili (born 6 October 1993) has been chosen to captain Britain’s athletics team in the 2016 Olympics. He won gold in the 2014 European Athletics Championship’s 200m race and the 4 x 100 team relay.

Adam Gemili was devastated after missing out on 200m medal at Rio Olympics by THREE THOUSANDTHS of a second.

Gemili fell to the ground with his head in his hands when the scoreboard revealed France’s Christophe Lemaitre had been awarded bronze despite the two athletes sharing the same time.

closer analysis revealed that Lemaitre the French athlete finished ahead of Gemili by just 0.003 seconds

It’s probably the worst way to go out is fourth place and it went down to thousandths. I gave it my all, I literally gave it everything and it wasn’t enough. It’s hard to take and it’s going to take a little while to get over that I think.

I will use this heartbreak as fuel and come back stronger.

Out to fill the void left by Usain Bolt

With Bolt suggesting that the Olympic final was the last 200m race of his career, Gemili says he is one of several young sprinters looking to take on the Jamaican’s place.

Mahama Cho
Takewondo Men’s over 80 KG

Mahama Cho

27 Year old Mahama Cho was another British ahtlete who narrowly missed a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, losing to Brazilian fighter Maicon Siqueira.

Cho said:

It’s devastating, I worked so hard for this so to be taken away in the dying seconds really hurts. I want to congratulate him, he’s a strong contender.
I’m sorry I could not bring home the medal. I’m a fighter, I don’t quit, I was going to have a break and then see what the next cycle takes.

His Taekwondo legacy began when he was chosen as a wild card option at the inaugural Manchester Grand Prix in 2013, which he went onto win in the heavyweight category. This win meant that Mahama was now qualified to compete at the remaining events in the series.

Since then, the fighter has built up his medal tally by competing at the Swiss, Paris and Luxor Opens – to name but a few.


  • 2016 President’s Cup – Gold
  • 2016 Rio Qualification Tournament – Gold
  • 2015 Serbian Open – Bronze
  • 2015 Polish Open – Silver
  • 2015 Grand Prix (Moscow) – Bronze
  • 2015 US Open – Silver
  • 2014 Paris Open – Gold
  • 2014 Commonwealth Championships – Gold
  • 2014 Grand Prix (Astana)- Silver
  • 2014 Grand Prix (Suzhou) – Bronze
  • 2014 Swiss Open – Gold
  • 2014 Bahrain Open – Gold
  • 2014 Fujairah Open – Bronze
  • 2014 Luxor Open – Silver
  • 2013 Paris Open – Silver
  • 2013 Grand Prix (Manchester) – Gold
  • 2013 Spanish Open – Bronze
  • 2013 Dutch Open – Gold
  • 2013 German Open – Gold
  • 2013 US Open – Bronze
  • 2012 Spanish Open – Bronze
  • 2012 Dutch Open – Bronze

Lutalo Muhammad
Takewondo Men’s 80KG

Lutalo Muhammad

Lutalo Muhammad (born 3 June 1991) is a British Taekwondo athlete.

Lutalo was born and raised a few miles from the site of the new Olympic Stadium in Stratford. He began practising Taekwondo at the age of three with his father Wayne Muhammad, who has more than four decades of experience in martial arts.

He won bronze in the 2012 Olympics held in London, and then topping his performance in Rio 2016 winning Silver for team GB, narrowly missing the Gold medal losing 8-6 to Cheick Sallah Cisse of the Ivory Coast.


  • 2015 Grand Prix Final (Mexico) – Gold
  • 2015 Grand Prix (Manchester) – Silver
  • 2015 European Games – Bronze
  • 2015 Luxor Open – Bronze
  • 2015 Turkish Open – Silver
  • 2015 US Open – Gold
  • 2014 Paris Open – Bronze
  • 2014 Commonwealth Championships – Gold
  • 2014 European Championships – Bronze
  • 2014 Dutch Open – Silver
  • 2014 Fujairah Open – Bronze
  • 2014 Luxor Open – Gold
  • 2013 Grand Prix (Manchester) – Gold
  • 2013 Serbia Open – Gold
  • 2013 Spanish Open – Bronze
  • 2012 Olympic Games (London) – Bronze
  • 2012 European Championships – Gold
  • 2016 Olympic Games (Rio) – Silver

Galal Yafai
Boxing Light Fly 49KG

Galal Yafai

The 23-year-old Birmingham Olympics First Timer Galal Yafai was up against the light-flyweight division’s No 1 seed in Cuba’s gifted 19-year-old and was edged out 29-28 29-28 28-29, despite taking the fight to his opponent throughout.

By keeping his vest on, Galal will continue to face the world’s best and can work towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Past Results

  • 2016 – World Series of Boxing Season 2016 Semi-finals – 49KG Won against Yerzhan Zhomart (KAZ) 3:0
  • 2016 – AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event (Samsun, TUR) 1st place – 49KG Won against Artur Hovhannisyan (ARM) 3:0 in the final; Won against Samuel Carmona (ESP) 3:0 in the semi-final; Won against Daniil Platonovschii (MDA) DQ 3rd round in the quarter-final; Won against Enver Amis (ROM) 3:0 in the first preliminary round
  • 2016 – World Series of Boxing Season 2016 6th Round – 49KG Won against Joselito Velasquez (MEX) TKOI 2nd round
  • 2016 – Bocskai Memorial Tournament (Debrecen, HUN) 1st place – 49KG Won against Shalkar Aikynbay (KAZ) 2:1 in the final; Won against Imad Ahyoun (MAR) 3:0 in the semi-final; Won against Rufat Huseynov (AZE) 3:0 in the quarter-final
  • 2015 – Olympic Test Event (Rio de Janeiro, BRA) 3rd place – 49KG Lost to Patrick Lourenco (BRA) 3:0 in the semi-final; Won against Tomoya Tsuboi (JPN) 3:0 in the quarter-final
  • 2015 – Golden Gong Tournament (Skopje, MKD) 1st place – 49KG Won against Isak Sulejmani (MKD) TKO 3rd round in the final
  • 2015 – English National Championships 3rd place – 49KG Lost to Sunny Edwards (ENG) 2:1 in the semi-final; Won against Scott Rankin (ENG) 3:0 in the quarter-final
  • 2015 – Somercotes Boxing Show (Alfreton, ENG) 1st place – 49KG Won against Ben Norman (ENG) 3:0 in the final
  • 2014 – English National Championships 5th place – 49KG Lost to Harvey Horn (ENG) 2:1 in the quarter-final
  • 2012 – English National Novice Championships 1st place – 51KG Won against Troy Smart (ENG) by points in the final; Won against Kyle Staniforth (ENG) by points in the semi-final

Muhammad Ali
Boxing Fly 52KG

Muhammad Ali


Muhammed (or Mo as he is known by his teammates at GB Boxing) first started boxing at 11-years-old and one year later he entered the England Schoolboy Championships where he won his first ever gold medal.

In 2014 he won Silver at the Youth World Championships which he followed by winning bronze in the Youth Olympic Games 2014.  Mo added gold at the 2014 European Youth Championships and was selected to join the GB Boxing squad in the same year, whilst still a Youth boxer.

In his first competition as a senior he won the 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool.  Three months later he secured his first medal at a major international tournament when he won flyweight silver at the 2015 European Championships in Samakov.

In 2016, he won twice for the British Lionhearts team that finished runners-up in the World Series of Boxing and in April, he secured his place at Rio by winning the European Continental Qualification event in Samsun, Turkey.

Muhammad Ali 2


  • 2016 AIBA Qualification Event, Turkey – Gold
  • 2015 European Championships, Azerbaijan – Silver
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2014 European Youth Championships – Gold
  • 2014 Youth Olympic Games – Bronze
  • 2014 Youth World Championships – Silver


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