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Syrian swimmer who pulled boat of 18 refugees to safety wins Olympic heat, doesn't advance

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Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who helped pull a boat full of refugees to safety last summer, is competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

She won her heat in the 100-meter butterfly but failed to rank high enough to compete in the semifinals, according to People magazine. 

But, Mardini isn't out just yet. She still has the chance to move forward in the women's 100-meter freestyle.

Syrian swimmer who pulled boat of 18 refugees to safety wins Olympic heat, doesn't advance

Mardini, who is one of 10 athletes competing as part of the first-ever Refugee Team at the Olympics, serves as an inspiration to all athletes competing in the Games. 

She first made headlines when she revealed that her athletic ability had actually saved her life and the lives of other refugees. 

Mardini told People magazine that when the motor boat she and 18 other refugees were using to cross the Mediterranean Sea stopped working, she and her sister pulled the boat to safety. 

 

I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days.
Mardini told People

Mardini and her older sister eventually made it to Austria and later moved to a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, according to People magazine. 

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