Sarah Attar became Saudi Arabia’s first female track and field athlete at the Olympic Games when she competed in the women’s 800m. She finished last in her heat but received a standing ovation.
“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. 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.” Photo: Getty Images