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Yusra Mardini delights with butterfly heat win for Refugee Olympic Team

• Syrian teenager wins first Rio 2016 heat of women’s 100m butterfly
• 18-year-old dragged dinghy carrying refugees to safety in Mediterranean

There will be plenty of inspiring swims in the Rio pool this week but few to match the personal odyssey completed by Yusra Mardini on the opening day of competition. Last year the Syrian teenager was battling in the sea for survival with fellow asylum seekers while trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. To go from there to winning the opening heat of the 100m butterfly at the Olympic Games is the ultimate illustration of drawing strength from adversity.

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