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The Marathon Family

There is a long history of siblings being both succesfull in the same sport and there even been more than 200 twins competing, but in this Olympics history will be written.

For the Marathon every counrty is allowed to send 3 runners to Rio, for Estonia those runners will be Leila, Liina und Lily Luik. And yes they are siblings, more specific tripplets! But that is not the only special thing about them. All of them were born one month prior to the original birth date and were battling death at a young age. Luckily they succeeded! In their youth they learned to play instruments and later how to dance. In fact, they became professional dancers before their running career, which they started at the age of 24. Just imagine starting a sport at the age 24. Nothing is impossible but it is highly unlikely to achieve great success in such a competitive sport. But the Luiks did it! They made the first 3 places in the estonian Championship and by that qualified for Olympia. Their goal is to be under the top 50. We wish them a good luck and a great tournament!