Luik sisters: Estonia’s ‘Trio to Rio’ make Olympic history (5)
Sisters Liina, Lily, and Leila Luik made Olympic history participating in this year’s summer games women’s marathon in Rio de Janeiro as the first triplets to ever compete in Olympic games together.
Lily Luik made 97th place with 2:48.29, just over 24 minutes behind the marathon’s winner, Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat Sumgong. Leila Luik came in 114th with 2:54.38, while Liina Luik made it to the 20-km mark, where she had to give up.
“It’s a great feeling to have finished an Olympic marathon, today was very hard for everybody,” Lily Luik said to ERR on Sunday. She added that most of the competitors had started too fast for the kind of weather they got, and said that it had been clear both to her and her coach that the conditions wouldn’t allow her to try and break her own record.
Leila Luik agreed that the conditions were tough. “The weather was very difficult, this was the first really hard marathon I’ve finished,” she said. Running it she thought about her sisters, and her only goal was to finish. Beyond the 35th kilometer she wasn’t running as much as trying to surpass herself, she said.
Their sister Liina eventually dropped out of the race because she was having problems with her hips. After running 15 kilometers, her hips began to hurt, and an injection against the pain didn’t help either. When she got worse and worse, she decided to break off the marathon at the 20-km mark.
Races for a title were always emotional, Liina Luik said. “You want to make it to the finish, but sport is like that, and you have to deal with it,” she added. She got to ride on a motorbike almost to the end of the marathon, passing her sisters. “It was very nice that they took me to the finish and that I got to see my sisters,” she said.
Asked if they were planning to participate in the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the sisters said that though they didn’t want to say anything about it yet, the next four years would likely pass very quickly, and that naturally they were considering it.