Yusra Mardini Worked With Coach Sven Spannekrebs Till 2016
Yusra Mardini's former coach Sven Spannekrebs is in Berlin. They have remained as close friends.
The 24-year-old Syrian swimmer Yusra began training under Sven upon her arrival in Germany from Darayya through a long and challenging journey till 2016.
Under Sven's guidance, she got selected for the EOR and competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio in the 100 meters freestyle and the 100 meters butterfly. Yusra also became one of the international athletes representing the Under Armour sports brand in 2017.
Spannekrebs believed in the Syrian refugee when she asked to swim for his club after fleeing the Syrian Civil War. He also helped her enter the Olympic refugee team in 2016, gaining her recognition. While the swimmer participated in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, she carried the IOC Refugee Olympic Team flag during the opening ceremony in the athletes' parade.