Four years ago, she swam for her life. Now she’s swimming for gold
Syrian Yusra Mardini's come a long way since disaster struck an overloaded dinghy in the middle of the ocean
Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini, who almost drowned at sea fleeing her war-torn country four years ago, heaved a deep sigh after failing to set a personal best at the world swimming championships on Sunday.
Representing Fina’s independent athletes team, the 21-year-old looked up at the giant scoreboard and winced at her time of 1min 8.79sec in the 100m butterfly heats in South Korea.
“I’m not very happy actually,” Mardini said...