Teenage Syrian refugee is training for this year's summer Olympics

She had survived more than a month at sea while heading to Europe

BY Rory Cashin 15:18 Friday 18 March 2016, 15:18 18 Mar 2016

Image: John Giles / PA Archive/PA Images

A teenage Syrian refugee who survived more than a month at sea on her way to Europe is now hoping to compete in this summer's Olympics.

Yusra Mardini survived bombings in her home country - but has since been training at her local pool in Germany.

The 17-year-old butterfly swimmer describes her busy schedule:

"Two classes or three [in school]. After that, I went training for two hours. After that, 45 minutes of eating. After that, two classes, or three, of school again. Then there's second [swimming] training, and sometimes I have athletics before."

Mardini is hoping to swim for a special refugees' team at Rio.


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