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Salma Hayek's relative to compete in Summer Olympics

Salma Hayek has a personal interest in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics - a relative from her native Mexico will be going for gold.

Yvonne Trevino Hayek, who is the granddaughter of the cousin of the Desperado actress' father, will be making history when she takes part in the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Yvonne will be the first woman in 48 years to compete in the long jump event as a member of the Mexican Olympic team.


The 27-year-old isn't the first in their family to have Olympic dreams - Salma used to be a competitive gymnast as a child.


In 2012, she told the New Zealand Herald, "They drafted me... to be part of the Olympic team! But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise.


"My father thought I wouldn't have had a normal childhood, and he wanted me to be normal. It's too bad that with all his efforts it didn't work out! But anyway, it worked out for me because now I'm an actress!"