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Trio in Rio: Triplets to make Olympic history

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>> The triple threat are heading for Rio this summer. Estonian sisters Leila, Liina and Lily are set to make history when they cross the starting line for the women's marathon. Reuters David Mardiste says they'll be the first ever identical triplets to compete in the Olympics.>> While twins competing at the same event against each other at the Olympics is not uncommon.
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It is believed that these triplets will be the first to compete against each other at an olympic level. They are hopeful that at least they will all finish together although they may not necessarily make it to the podium.>> Preparing back home in Tartu with just two months to go.
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The sisters say the prospect of competing against each other doesn't change the way they train.>> Sometimes we have to train alone. It's hard because it's boring when you're alone. And when sisters are together I feel that I have more energy maybe and support each other.>> During cold Estonian winters the sisters are trained at high altitude camps in Kenya and before heading to Rio, they'll be off to Northern Italy to acclimatize.
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But they're managing expectations when it comes to winning gold in August.>> We would love that. It's our dream also.>> Yeah, but we know that we have to be in reality and we know that it's very hard to compete against Kenyan and Ethiopian runners.>> It may not be the only Olympics for the triplets.
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Some athletes already looking ahead for the 2020 games. The current Olympic record is held by Kenyan runner Tiki Gelana with two hours, three minutes and seven seconds. But for the trio to Rio finishing together and setting new personal bests will be enough to put a smile on their faces.