Swimmer Yusra Mardini from Syria has started making history at the Rio representing the first Olympic Refugee team. She finished 41st place in women’s 100m butterfly, but felt like winning a gold.
The 18-year-old failed to qualify for the Semifinals in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but her brave heart goes unforgettable when she risked her life crossing the Mediterranean Sea about two years ago to save her life and 19 others when her motor boat stopped running.
She said, “It was quite hard to think that you are a swimmer and you might end up dying in the water.”
At the Rio she clocked in at 1:09:21 and won the heat despite performing below the entry time of 1:08:51. Only top 16 swimmers moved on to the Simifinals.
However, she has another chance on Wednesday to advance to the medal round in women’s 100-meter freestyle event.
In 2014 Mardini and her sister fled the Syrian war on a boat that stopped running midway. She and one other passenger pushed the boat to the shore and saved the lives of everyone boarded.
Currently Mardini is living in Berlin and she trains at Wasserfreunde Spandau 04.
Ten athletes are participating in Rio representing the refugee team, for the first time.