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Olympics 2016: Syrian Refugee Swimmer Yusra Mardini's Story

Hear the Incredible Story of How This Syrian Olympic Athlete Saved 20 Lives

You saw her win her 100-meter preliminary heat but do you know the incredible story of Olympics 2016 swimmer Yusra Mardini? The Syrian refugee will not progress in butterfly, however will next compete in the freestyle category, and after hearing about her journey to the summer's sporting event, you won't look at her in the same way.

Yusra, 18, saved the lives of 20 people as she made her way to Greece just one year ago and perhaps unsurprisingly, it was her sport of choice - which saw her achieve a time of 1:9.21 (putting her at 41st) - that got her hero status on Team Refugee.

Along with her sister and others, she pushed a dinghy to safety while they were trying to cross the Aegean Sea. Now they live with their family in Germany but for now she is having a blast at the Rio games. Watch the video to hear her story.

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