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Syrian refugee swimmers go for gold in Rio

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>> She swam to save her life, and now Syrian Yusra Mardini will swim under the Olympic flag in Rio, as part of the competition's first team made up of refugees. Now living in Germany, she swam from Turkey to Greece when her boat ran into trouble.>> There was 20 people on the boat.
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After half an hour, 15 minutes, the water stopped. I lost everything. I just had a t-shirt, jeans, even I don't have flip-flop->> The 18-year-old says she doesn't want anyone to give up on their goals.>> I wanna represent all the refugees, because I want to show everyone that after the pain and after the storm, come calm days.
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>> Yeah, I want to go Rio.>> Rami Anis is the second Syrian to join the team. For the 25-year-old the pool is his home. A pursuit he's kept up since fleeing from Aleppo to Belgium. He hopes to inspire other refugees to sign up to competitions despite being a long way from home.