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Sarah Attar, First Saudi Woman To Compete In Olympic Track, Makes Debut In 800 Meter Race

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REPORTING FROM LONDON -- Sarah Attar finished last and more than a half-minute later than her nearest competitor in the women's 800 meters. Yet hundreds of people arose to give her a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line. For the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics, the principle was more important than the performance. Covered in clothing from head to toe, except for her face poking out from her hood, Attar's debut came five days after a Saudi judo athlete, became the first female competitor at any Olympics from the ultra conservative country, saudi arabia. "This is such a huge honor and an amazing experience, just to be representing the women," Attar said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I know that this can make a huge difference." The 19-year-old Attar ran 800 meters in 2 minutes, 44.95 seconds. To her, the time wasn't the point. Her mother is American and her father is Saudi. She has dual citizenship, born in California and running track at Pepperdine University near Los Angeles. Attar wanted to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics as a way of inspiring women. "For women in Saudi Arabia, I think this can really spark something to get more involved in sports, to become more athletic," she said. "Maybe in the next Olympics, we can have a very strong team to come." Do you think Attars gesture is enough to insire Saudi women? Let us know in the Comments box below. IMAGINE THE DESCRIPTION BELOW? ondon 2012 ...
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