Yusra Mardini is just seventeen and fled her native Syria, along with her sister last year, when the conflict became too much to bear. When the dinghy Yusra and twenty others were on began to sink thirty minutes into the crossing to Greece, Yusra's talent saved their lives. Now living in Germany, Yusra was tipped for greatness in Tokyo 2020 but the International Olympic Committee's #TeamRefugees initiative is giving her the chance to compete at Rio.
Cheer Yusra on in her events! She will compete in the 100m butterfly on Saturday and the 100m freestyle on Wednesday August 10th.
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