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Personal best for refugee Syrian swimmer

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - He may have come in only 56th out of 59 competitors, but for Syrian swimmer Rami Anis, it was a personal best in the 100 metres freestyle swim race.

Anis, swimming for the refugee team competing under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag, posted Tuesday a time of 54.25 seconds. He has been training since last February with the Belgian swim team. On Thursday he is to compete in the 100m butterfly trials.

He became the second starter to compete in Rio for the refugee team, after 18-year-old Yusra Mardini of Syria swam the women‘s 100-metre butterfly event on Saturday. Mardini is now set to compete in the 100-metre freestyle race on Thursday.

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