LONDON Sarah Attar became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in the Olympic athletics, coming last in an 800m heat she ran wearing a white head cover.
“It’s an incredible experience,” Attar, who has dual United States citizenship, told reporters.
“It is an 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.”
On Day 12 of competition, 16 gold medals will have been decided in sports ranging from beach volleyball to horse jumping and table tennis to taekwondo, but the focus will be on the track.