Thursday, July 18, 2013

The 2012 Olympic Muslim Women Medalists

Aliya Mustafina (Age 17 - Russian Federation - Gymnastics)
Won gold in the uneven bars, silver in the women’s team final and a bronze in both the floor exercise and the individual all-around final. Mustafina left the Games as the most decorated Russian gymnast.

Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Age 19 - Kazakhstan - Weightlifting)
Won gold in the women’s 53kg competition.

Maiya Maneza (Age 26 - Kazakhstan - Weightlifting)
Took gold in the women’s 63kg competition.

Asli Cakir Alptekin (Age 26 - Turkey - Track & Field)

Captured gold in the women’s 1500 meters.

Habiba Ghribi (Age 28 - Tunisia - Track & Field)
Won silver in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase.

Mavzuna Chorieva (Age 19 - Tajikistan - Boxing)

Won bronze in women's boxing, a sport that debuted this summer. She was the only medalist from Tajikistan

The Muslim women athletes had come a long way from their countries to be in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. They had faced the hardships of training period, the fasting-or-no fasting dilemma as well as the hijab-or-no hijab question. They managed to win the medals, though. 

This post is a bit late, but since this year's Ramadhan also falls in summer, it makes a good excuse to revisit last year's Olympic results.

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