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Saudi Woman Makes History in London

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Like her teammate Wojdan Shaherkhani, Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Attar competed without the trouble. The first woman to compete for the conservative kingdom in track and field ran in the 800m on Wednesday morning.

Wearing long pants, a long-shirt and a head covering, Attar stood out from her opponents in tank tops and shorts. She finished her race 2:44.95, 43 seconds behind the heat’s winner. Still, the crowd in London cheered as she crossed the finish line. They knew that just by showing up and competing under the flag of a country that limits women’s rights, she was accomplishing something that couldn’t be measured by a medal.

This, in my opinion, is a step in the right direction over in the middle east.  Women have just as much, if not more, competitive spirit than men and personally I’m glad to see her run.  Even if she came in last place who cares?  She made it over the hurdles that have blocked middle eastern women from things like this in the past…..total pun intended.

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