Kariman Abuljadayel becomes first Saudi woman to compete in 100m at Olympics


Kariman Abuljadayel competes in 2016 Rio Olympics preliminary Women's 100m Round at Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on  August 12, 2016. 
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Kariman Abuljadayel competes in 2016 Rio Olympics preliminary Women's 100m Round at Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 12, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Saudi Arabia sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel made history as she became the first woman from the Kingdom to compete in the 100m sprint.

Wearing hijab in a searing heat of Rio de Janeiro, the 22-year-old failed to qualify for the final after finishing seventh, but won the respect of the fans from all over the world.

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She became the third female athlete from the Kingdom and second racer after Sarah Attar to compete in the Olympic games.

In the 2012 London Olympics, Attar also wore hijab as she competed in the 800m marathon race.

Abuljadayel was not the only woman competing in 100meter sprint wearing hijab, as Afghanistan’s Kamia Yousuf also took part in the race, and finished on the last place.

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She (Abuljadayel) alongside Attar, Joud Fahmy, Lubna Al-Omair is one of the four women from the Middle Eastern country to compete in the Rio Olympics.

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Fans from around the world took to social media to recognize the young athletes’ achievement of  taking part in the race.

The story originally appeared on the Daily Mail


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