Another historic day for women in Saudi Arabia: Sarah Attar became the first female track and field athlete to represent the country at an Olympics when she competed in the 800 metres heats on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old, who wore a white head cover, a long-sleeved green top and black leggings and sported luminous green running spikes, received a generous ovation from a capacity crowd at the Olympic stadium as she trailed in last of the eight runners.
“It’s an incredible experience,” Attar, who has dual United States citizenship and is a student at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, told reporters. “It is the hugest honour to be here to represent the women of Saudi Arabia. ”It is an historic moment. I hope it will make a difference. It is a huge step forward. It’s a really incredible experience.“