Skip to comments.Standing ovation for hijab-wearing Saudi woman athlete as she finishes Olympic 800m heat
Posted on 08/09/2012 3:39:54 AM PDT by the scotsman
'They say in the Olympics it's not the winning that counts, but the taking part.
And that was certainly the case this morning as Sarah Attar, the first female track athlete to compete for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, was cheered every step of the way in her 800m heat.
In the end, she completed the two laps of the track nearly 45 seconds behind the winner, but her participation alone represented an historic moment.
Attar completed the two laps of the 800m in a time of two minutes 44.95 seconds, nearly 45 seconds behind the leader
Dressed in a long-sleeved green training top, long jogging bottoms and a white hijab, she certainly stood out on the start line in sweltering heat in the Olympic Stadium.
And it was quickly obvious that Attar wasn't going to be able to keep pace with the rest of the field as she fell a long way behind.
But whatever the sport, Olympic crowds love a plucky trier and Attar was given a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line, almost a full lap behind the others.'
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The Sheeple have been programmed well.
The hijab might have been worth a few seconds but not 45.
I’m surprised this woman was allowed to compete at all. I have family that used to live in Kuwait and the stories they told about life for women in Saudi was heartbreaking.
She was 45 seconds behind. Islam is 14 centuries behind. Who wants to cheer that?
There was a time when such an obviously stupid stunt in track would have been laughed out of the stadium.
There was a time when womwn wanted to compete and to establish new records in their sport.
Now they stand and cheer a uniform of female slavery and oppression and congratulate themselves on their support of “diversity”.
Mmmm...after further reading, this chick is from California, with duel citizenship in the USA and SA.
So, she lives in the outdoor fun and sun state and has access to all kinds of training facilities and that is the best she could do?
I think I can run faster then that.
The over-the-top PC reaction to this is maddening but predictable. ‘All about taking part, not medals’ etc.
But they refuse to see what is going on here. The IOC have capitulated to the Saudis and their backward-looking idiocy. Plenty of Muslim women compete and wear appropriate, standard athletics clothing (e.g. the Turks).
‘But this woman was born in America, has dual citizenship, etc.’ Fine. Why is she opting for the 7th Century instead of the 21st?
If an Amish woman arrived to compete in her gray dress, bonnet and black leather shoes, you would find precious few praising her and far more mocking her and, of course, her faith.
The number of people praising this as a ‘step forward’ is staggering and dismaying. If she shows up in a burqa that will that represent a giant leap?
How exactly does she qualify for the Olympic Games in the first place?
Can’t have a moment of silence for the murdered Israeli athletes because it might offend the Muslims. But we can have this display of a handicapped woman? And people cheered this farce?
its time that women Olympians went back to that.(sorry...but these things write themselves)
It is because of one word: POLITICS.
The olympics movement has been “dripping” for years with politics.
If Moe had wanted women to be able to run, he wouldn't have condemned them to the burqa.
Let’s not be all ugly WASPs here.
I hate to be the only optimist here, but ya gotta start somewhere.
Yeah, y’all look me up and DARE to call me a libtard noob.
And now she`ll proceed to return home to a fatal beating by her insanely jealous husband. Allah`s will and all that rot.
What a joke. I hope they put her through a full body scan before they allowed her near any of the real athletes.
To be fair, it wasn’t her fault, it was her brother holding her back. Had he been faster, or if she had been allowed to go out without a blood relative, she could have done much better.
Oh gee, this is like watching the Indy 500 but one team is bringing in a Stanley Steamer.
Its like a science fair competition and one contestant brings a box of rocks.
What will Islam be like 200 years from now when man will be traveling across the galaxy? Or in just the near future?
Still doing the same ole thing. Nothing, because its anal, obsolete, a dead end culture.
That outfit didn’t slow her down that much, she wasn’t at all fast to begin with. But what the heck it gave her a chance to go to the Olympics. No way could she have made the US team, or any other team for that matter.She was a joke.
I'm sorry, but how is this starting anywhere?
Apparently, this woman was born in California (her mother is an American; her father is a Saudi), lives in California, and, from what I gather, it's hardly clear that she's ever even been to Saudi Arabia; if she has, it's only been a couple of times. She's never lived there, and never "trained" as an athlete there.
Moreover, even by the (quite liberal) standards that the IOC applies so as to afford an opportunity to women who come from certain countries where there is little to no participation by women in athletics, that this woman was allowed to "compete" in London was ridiculous. By any standard, she isn't actually an athlete in any meaningful sense. She apparently ran cross-country and track while in high school in Escondido, but then gave up organized, competitive running when she went off to college.
The point is, her "participation" in the London Olympics, as a member of the Saudi Arabian team, is a complete and utter fraud. The Saudis had been under some (nominal) pressure to allow for female participation, and this is what they came up with to placate the IOC. There is nothing to be "optimistic" about here. This isn't even politically-correct nonsense; it's a lie.
Personally, I prefer the U.S. women’s beach volleyball outfits. Much more freedom of movement and expression.
Per Islam religion, Hijab is the cloth that covers Head, all hair, ears, neck, and the upper chest part, but not covering face. Perhaps it would be better to use the following phrase. “Ban the Burqa”/sarc.
I'm sorry. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Yeah, yall look me up and DARE to call me a libtard noob.
Can't call you a libtard (as I don't know) but you are a noob. lol
So what are they really cheering? That she overcame the barbaric and backwards muslim attitude towards women? Her bizarre costume shows she accepts that attitude.
So exactly what are they cheering?
Oh, look. The Dhimmis are applauding the Saudis’ entry completing the race and finishing dead last! What an accomplishment. I am so thrilled — NOT. Another reason why the Olympics are irrelevant.
Does that mean they'll be replacing their photos of the sheep, goats, or boys on the night stand? No. A mere woman cannot compete for the carnal pleasures of a true Muslim males' heart! A woman simply cannot compare to the joys of bestiality and homosexual pleasures.
When she goes back home, some cleric will have her arrested, buried up to her waist in sand and then they will throw stones at her as a lesson to other females.
"Home," for this woman, is Malibu, California.
Same here..I'm glad she ran..it will open up doors for more women from Saudi to now compete..This is a good thing and will just be another prybar allowing giving women in Saudi more opportunities..
Yep, you gotta start somewhere.
Things are finally opening up freedom wise for women in Saudi. They are allowed to vote this year for the first time and in many locals they are now allowed to drive.
These two women competing in the Olympics is a good thing..
What do you mean by ". . . for more women from Saudi?" The woman in question isn't from Saudi. She was born, raised, currently lives -- and had always lived -- in California.
She represented Saudi..that is nearly the same.She was representing SA on national TV in front of SA TV viewers. Does not matter were she lives.
Again this is going to do nothing but open up doors for women in SA and give them more freedom..little by little but it is going in the right direction at least.
I couldn’t disagree with you more.
Maybe if she had a pack of rabid, scimitar-weilding Muslim men chasing her down to rape and kill her, she would have been much faster.
First they let a guy with artificial legs run.
Then they allow that South African man to run as a woman.
And now this.
Saudi even allowing women to compete shows things are getting better for them (women) in Saudi.
Competing at that level wrapped head to toe in a sweltering stadium has to endanger the health of the participant. I am surprised they let her do it. If she had keeled over, I wonder what the reaction would have been?
Very well stated.
The 45 seconds have nothing to do with Habib... the 45 seconds have to do with she comes from a nation where women are effectively CHATTLE, the very idea a woman from such a nation could realistically compete with or without a Habib is dillusional.
Still it may be a step forward for the repressive nation to even allow women to go to the games to compete.. even if it is in a getup that ensure that even if they somehow did have the personal talent and ability they would never be able to win.. but still its a small step forward.
Hey, I represent that remark! Sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous, properly labeled, sandstone and mudstone showing layers and how depostiton conditions affect the final outcome, that could be an interesting display. Throw in a few fossils and you've got a winner!
Just a little taqiyya, for the advancement of Islam; Allah forgives. < /sarc >
Remember that old picture on National Geographic cover that showed a young Afghan girl in an orphanage back in the 1980s or early 1990s? She had amazing green eyes and looked sad, very compelling image. Well they found her again, all grown up and did an update. She talked about how the burqa is a wonderful thing, how life was better under the taliban, stuff like that. The arab/muslim mind is simply foreign to westerners.
Here’s the medal battle worth watching.
USA/Great Britain ——— 62 Golds 37 Silver 39 Bronze - 138 Medals
China/Russia -————— 49 Golds 44 Silver 42 Bronze - 135 Medals