Yusra - Swim For Your Life

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012016083120160905 (R4)

The extraordinary journey of eighteen-year-old refugee Yusra Mardini, who fled war-torn Syria last year. During the crossing from Turkey to Lesbos, Yusra and her sister helped to save their fellow passengers when the engine of their crammed dinghy stopped working. Swimming together they dragged the boat to safety. The sisters then made their way across Europe, evading capture by the authorities, travelling through Greece, Serbia and Hungary to get to Germany. It was there that Yusra was selected as one of the ten athletes to form the refugee Olympic team to compete as a swimmer in Rio.

This is a Czech Radio/BBC Co-Production. Czech Radio reporter, Magdalena Sodomková, first met Yusra in Serbia last year, and has since followed her journey through Europe and accompanied her on her latest adventure in Brazil.

Producer: Clare Walker.

The courageous journey of refugee Yusra Mardini from war-torn Syria to the Rio Olympics.

022016090720160912 (R4)

Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini travels from Berlin to compete at the Rio Olympics.

In the second programme charting how Syrian teenager Yusra Mardini fled her homeland and was selected for the refugee team in the Rio Olympics, we hear how this young competitive swimmer was able to start training again in Berlin, and follow her as she travels to Brazil.

This is a Czech Radio/BBC Co-Production. Czech Radio reporter Magdalena Sodomková first met Yusra in Serbia last year, and has since followed her journey through Europe and accompanied her on her latest adventure in Brazil.

Producer Tom Alban.