Yusra Mardini, the refugee hero, has won her Olympic Swimming Heats

Yusra Mardini was the focus of a MyGoodPlanet story a few months back and she’s making headlines once again after winning the swimming heats at the Rio Olympics.

Marindi is a member of the much-publicised Refugee team, who are competing under the international Olympic flag.

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Marindi was successful on Saturday in the 100m butterfly heat at the Aquatics Stadium in Rio, where her victory was met with rapturous applause. She will compete again on Wednesday.

Yusra Mardini is from Damascus, where she was professionally backed by the Syrian Olympic Committee. She fled the war-torn country of Syria in a dinghy which began to sink off the Aegean Sea. She fearlessly jumped into the water, along with her sister, and pushed the boat to safety, rescuing 20 people and becoming a hero to all.

We were the only four who knew how to swim,” Marindi said. “I had one hand with the rope attached to the boat as I moved my two legs and one arm. It was three and half hours in cold water. Your body is almost like … done. I don’t know if I can describe that.”

Marindi has since relocated to Berlin, Germany and was selected to be part of the global Refugee team at this year’s event. Her recent triumph and overall resilience is a testament to the power and determination which exists within the human spirit. MyGoodPlanet wishes Yusra Mardini the very best of luck when she competes again on Wednesday.

Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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