Tokyo 2020: Rower Mohamed Sbihi on being Team GB's first Muslim Olympic flag bearer

Mohamed Sbihi became Team GB's first Muslim Olympic flag bearer. Credit: PA

Rower Mohamed Sbihi has made history before even competing in an event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

On Friday at the opening ceremony, the athlete became Britain's first Muslim Olympic flag bearer. The significance, is not lost on him.

Mohamed Sbihi was made an MBE by Prince Charles in 2017. Credit: PA

"To be the first person of Muslim faith is just a huge honour and hopefully can inspire the younger Islamic nation back home in the UK, and for anybody out there, to show that you know what, just a normal kid can be at the top of their own sport or Olympic sport," he said.

"I feel like I have lived that journey. That's been a little bit of my fairytale, this is just another little chapter in that." Sbihi already stepped into the history books before Japan too, he was the first Muslim to row for Britain - winning gold in Rio 2016 and bronze in the men's eight at London 2012.