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Eugene runner will represent Greece in Rio Olympics

Alexi Pappas, right, will represent Greece in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Photo by Sara Mattison

EUGENE, Ore. - The 2016 Olympic Games are just three months away and long distance runner Alexi Pappas is training hard for the international competition.

26-year-old Pappas lives and trains in Eugene. She even attended the University of Oregon.

Pappas won the season-opener 5K at the Oregon relays, but it was the Olympic standard in the 10K in California where she qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

She qualified with a personal best of 31 minutes and 46 seconds.

"It was an amazing moment to cross and see that and feel like I had accomplished something that I knew I was capable of but I still needed to do it," Pappas said.

Pappas will represent Greece in the Olympics.

Watch #LiveonKMTR Tuesday for more on Pappas' Olympic Dream and her side project that shows her artistic side.

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