August 10, 2012 / Misc / 0 comments
Because of people like this woman is we have hope in humanity. A true fighter and someone to remind us of what we are made of. Someone to remind us to always fight in what we believe and never give up. After all you are her because you have it in yourself, you were the one out of the million of spermatozoa who fought and won. Every day is a new winning. She will go into history even though she didn’t get the medal. She will be inspiration for many others to come. Praise this brave woman!
Shaherkhani almost didn’t compete, because judo’s governing body didn’t want her to wear a hijab. They found a compromise in time.
She became the first Saudi woman ever to compete in an Olympic event. Runner Sarah Attar will compete in the 800 meters for Saudi Arabia next week.
Shaherkhani is just 16, and not yet a black belt. Some people worried she wasn’t ready to compete in the Olympics.
Her opponent, Melissa Mojica, 28, is more experienced. She’s ranked 13th in the world.
Early in the match, Mojica was able to drop Shaherkhani, scoring the judo equivalent of a knockout.
The whole thing was over in 82 seconds.
As other fighters had predicted, Shaherkhani’s head covering didn’t seem to cause problems.
In a statement after the match, Shaherkhani said, “Hopefully this will be the start of bigger participation for other sports also. Hopefully this is the begin of a new era.”