Iden­ti­cal triplet sis­ters win first, sec­ond and third prizes

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ADRI­ANA, Alessandra and An­dreia Dan­tas are now Brazil’s na­tional body­build­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter their sur­prise win in the coun­try’s big­gest con­test.

Judges at a body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion awarded iden­ti­cal triplets first, sec­ond and third prizes af­ter be­ing un­able to tell them apart.

Adri­ana, Alessandra and An­dreia Dan­tas are now Brazil’s na­tional body­build­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter their sur­prise win in the coun­try’s big­gest con­test.

But they in­sisted it didn’t mat­ter which of them came first as “all three of us are ex­actly the same in ev­ery way, so if one of us wins, we all win”.

The iden­ti­cal triplets said they started work­ing out aged 17 af­ter suf­fer­ing bul­ly­ing by other girls at school for be­ing skinny and al­ways “the cen­tre of at­ten­tion”.

They had never con­sid­ered en­ter­ing a fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion un­til last year when An­dreia was per­suaded to take part in a nat­u­ral body­build­ing con­test in Italy, where she lives, and fin­ished sec­ond.

The women, aged 35, who are now all moth­ers of boys and de­spite each liv­ing in dif­fer­ent coun­tries “do ev­ery­thing ex­actly the same”, then de­cided to en­ter the women’s fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion in their home coun­try to­gether.

An­dreia said: “We met up in Brazil and started pre­par­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We ate to­gether ex­actly the same food at ex­actly the same time, we worked out to­gether in the same gym, do­ing ex­actly the same ex­er­cises at the same time.

“When the day came for us to be weighed in front of the judges you could see their jaws drop. Our bod­ies were iden­ti­cal and we weighed al­most ex­actly the same, less than a kilo be­tween us. They had never seen any­thing like it.”

All three women have even had the same sil­i­cone breast im­plants, by the same plas­tic sur­geon.

Alessandra, who now lives in Canada, said: “We were all very flat chested. The doc­tor was as­ton­ished, he said it was as if he’d done the same surgery three times be­cause our bod­ies were iden­ti­cal.”

But Adri­ana said the sis­ters never ex­pected to even take a podium place at the body­build­ing event in Sao Paulo in which they were com­pet­ing against other women with much more prepa­ra­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Adri­ana fin­ished first, An­dreia sec­ond and Alessandra third.

Adri­ana, who lives in Sao Paulo with her two sons aged seven and four, said: “When they an­nounced the win­ners we couldn’t be­lieve we’d all won to­gether. The judges said they couldn’t find any dif­fer­ence be­tween our bod­ies. They never ex­plained why they chose us in the or­der they did.

“I can only imag­ine that I was slightly more con­fi­dent than An­dreia and Alessandra, who were a lit­tle more ner­vous.“But it didn’t mat­ter who came where, be­cause the con­nec­tion be­tween us is so strong, we all feel like we are the same per­son. So if one wins, we all win.

“Even when An­dreia came sec­ond in the Ital­ian com­pe­ti­tion, Alessandra and I felt that we had won too. It will al­ways be like that, it’s how we are. When one of us is happy, we’re all happy. But if one is go­ing through prob­lems or dif­fi­cul­ties, we are all “The sis­ters, who are ac­tu­ally three of quadru­plets with a brother, Alexan­dre, were born pre­ma­turely at seven months and An­dreia, who picked up pneu­mo­nia, nearly died. The preg­nancy was un­planned and their hard-up par­ents, who al­ready had one son, strug­gled to raise them in their small home in Cei­lan­dia, in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area of Brazil’s cap­i­tal Brasilia, re­ly­ing on gov­ern­ment hand­outs to feed and clothe them.

The par­ents split up when the chil­dren were five and as they grew up the three blonde girls went on to suf­fer bul­ly­ing at school.— Mir­ror On­line

The judges couldn't find any way to tell the sis­ters apart

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