On August 13, Saudi sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel became the first woman from the kingdom to compete in the 100 meter race at the Olympic Games.
Although Abuljadayel came in seventh in her preliminary heat, cutting her short of qualifying to the next round, she no doubt made history.
Abuljadayel ran against much more than just her competitors
And she captured people's hearts
and filled us with pride
Because one short race for this sprinter "was a leap for history", or at least the Arab world.
And she's getting worldwide recognition
From numerous media organizations including the BBC ...
Middle East Eye ...
Although Abuljadayel is the first woman from the kingdom to compete in the 100 meter race, she is not the first female track athlete to take part in the Olympic Games. In 2012, Sarah Attar became the first female track athlete to represent Saudi Arabia when she competed in the the 800 meter race in London.
That was also the year the kingdom sent its first female Olympians to take part in the Olympic Games.
Saudi Arabia sent four female athletes to compete in Rio 2016, twice the number of those who competed in 2012.