Twitter reacts to Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini’s heat win

Mardini made it to Greece as a refugee after pushing an overcrowded dinghy boat for three hours through the Mediterranean. (Reuters)

News of Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini's preliminary win of her heat during the 100m butterfly on Saturday quickly gained social media traction over the past few days, with many celebrating her courage and triumph at passing the first stage of the competition.

Competing behind the Olympic flag, Mardini is part of the Games' first ever Team Refugee, made up of fellow Syrian swimmer Rami Anis and nine other athletes who have fled their country due to war and conflict.

Mardini's refugee story gained prominence in the run up to the Olympics after it was revealed that she helped push an overcrowded dinghy boat for three hours through the Mediterranean Sea to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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