Qatari Track & Field athlete Noor Hussain Al-Malki made headlines today, not because of an injury right out of the blocks, but because she is the first woman from Qatar to compete in the Olympic games. Al-Malki clutched her right leg as she collapsed on the track, then required the help of a wheelchair to leave the competition area. Still, the 80,000-strong crowd in Olympic Park cheered Al-Malki on.
“I think we should be celebrating today because we have woman athletes from two of the three countries who haven’t sent women to the games before competing,” International Olympic Committee’s communications director Mark Adams said of Al-Malki’s short-lived first Olympics experience, according to the Huffington Post. “It is a great symbol, it is a great message to women in those countries. I think we are entirely happy about that.”
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