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Costa Rican Swimmer Swaps Crocodile-infested River For Gold Medal Win At World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
Muhammad Irfan 5 days ago Fri 15th March 2019 | 09:45 PM
From learning how to swim in a river filled with crocodiles to winning a gold medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, Yuliana Mora has come a very long way
ABU DHABI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 15th Mar, 2019) From learning how to swim in a river filled with crocodiles to winning a gold medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, Yuliana Mora has come a very long way.
World Games Abu Dhabi Special Correspondents Brendyn Monsorate, Bilal Hafeez and Christopher Swaminathan – popularly known as the ‘BBC’ by their initials – spoke to the teenager and an official from the Costa Rica Special Olympics Team to discover her amazing story.
"There is no swimming pool where she lives," said the official. "She trained in a river close to her house.
Her parents helped her as there are crocodiles in it.
"First her parents would get into the river and check if there are crocodiles and only after all is clear they would let Yuliana in to do her training."
"Yuliana represented her province, Puntarenas, in the national Special Olympics games and came first in the swimming competition and that’s how she came to represent her country," said the team official.
"She has been training for the past year in a swimming pool for this competition."