HIJAB OLYMPICS: Sprinters from Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan Forced to Stay Fully Covered

Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 9.25.22 AMDon’t know about you, but they look hot… like sweat box, get me some ice water and a fan, hot. What do you think about this?

She may not have won her race, but a Saudi Arabian athlete made history today and won the support of women all over the world.

Sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel became the first Saudi woman to compete in the 100m, finishing seventh in a preliminary heat.

Standing out from her competitors in a full-body kit and hijab, she was unable to qualify for the final of the event, but was praised heavily online for her efforts.

Meanwhile Afghanistan’s Kamia Yousufi also competed in a hijab and full body suit, finishing in last place in her heat.

Abuljadayel, 22, follows in the footsteps of Sarah Attar, the first female track athlete to compete for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics in 2012, and the first to compete in a hijab.

She completed the race in 14.61 seconds, lagging far behind the current world record of 10.49 seconds set by American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

But despite her extra clothing, she appeared to show part of her mid-riff while competing in the race.

Fans took to social media to recognise her achievement in taking part in the race.

The sprinter’s outfit also drew comparisons to Australian runner Cathy Freeman who won gold in the 400m in Sydney wearing a specially-designed green and white body suit.

Writing on Twitter, Bailey Witt said: ‘Feeling so emotional bc (sic) Kariman Abuljadayel is Saudi Arabia’s first female sprinter to participate in the Olympics. #feminism #Rio2016’

A user known as A_FarScape added: ‘Kariman Abuljadayel is the first. Maybe Saudi Arabia will let more women train and maybe win sprinting events.’

And Sylvester U. Orubele tweeted: ‘Karimen Abuljadayel. Well done for even representing!’


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