Estonian triplets Leila, Liina and Lily Luik are understood to be the first identical triplets ever to compete against each other in the Olympics, when they cross the start line for the women’s marathon in Rio. The 30-year-olds from Tartu only took up serious distance running six years ago, launching their Games bid under the slogan “Trio for Rio.”
The sisters live and sometimes train apart in Estonia, but spend their winters at a high-altitude training camp in Kenya — supporting one another emotionally, chatting while running and going so far as to assist each other by taking turns to act as wind breakers. In June, they will move to northern Italy to train for Rio.
The trio are not favorites in their event, which is dominated by Kenyan runners, but say they hope to finish together, set personal bests and finish with a smile.
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