That’s exactly what’s happening for three sisters from Estonia who are set to achieve a major first when they become the first set of triplets to ALL compete in the Olympic marathon this summer in Rio.
It’s rare that an athlete makes Olympic history before even setting foot at the games—let alone three athletes.
As if achieving an Olympic first before the opening ceremony has even begun wasn’t impressive enough, Leila, Liina and Lily Liuk, all 30-years-old, have only been running seriously for the past six years.
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All three members of “The Trio to Rio,” qualified for the marathon with race times under two hours and 45 minutes. And oddly enough, each of the sisters’ personal bests matches up with their birth order: Oldest sister Leila has a personal best of 2:37:11, middle sister Liina rings in at 2:39:42 and baby Lily has clocked in at 2:40:30. Luckily for the Luik sisters, each country is allowed to send up to three runners of the same gender to compete in the Games. (Want to get in shape, fast? Check out Women’s Health’s Ignite routine created by Next Fitness Star Nikki Metzger.)
According to a report from The Washington Post, the sisters spent the winter training at high altitude in Kenya and are rounding out their last minute, pre-Rio preparations in Northern Italy as they get ready to hit the world stage.
The siblings isn’t expected to emerge as major medal challengers in the marathon, but considering the list of accomplishments they already have under their belts, we’re still pretty freakin’ impressed.