Must-watch: Syrian Yusra Mardini's Olympic journey

Fulfilling dreams

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Image: YouTube

A new video by Visa highlights the incredible journey of a Syrian refugee who went on to win at the Olympics...

Visa has released a short video that puts the spotlight on Olympic Syrian swimmer, Yusra Mardini. Having joined Team Visa for the Rio Olympics, the 18 year-old competed, and won, her 100m butterfly heat at Rio this weekend, but failed to make the semi-final timing. Now, her story is being shared with the world.

Starting in 2015, the 30-second film tells the story of Mardini who swam alongside her sister in Grecian waters for three hours, pulling a dinghy with 17 people on board to shore after its engine had failed during their escape from Syria.

"When the engine died that night, I told myself not to give up," narrates Mardini in the video titled The Swim. "To give everything. I did then, and I will now." Now based in Germany, Mardini had earlier spoken of the chance that Visa has afforded her, saying, "Since arriving in Berlin, I have been humbled by the warm welcome I've received from the swimming community and everyone associated with the Olympic Games. It means so much to me to have a partner that accepts me, includes me, and provides me with the same opportunities as other athletes competing in Rio."

Team Visa Yusra Mardini Rio Olympics

Mardini is part of the newly sanctioned Refugee Olympics Team for the Rio Games who will compete under the Olympic flag. The team, created to throw the refugee crisis into the world's spotlight, is made up of athletes originally from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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