Did you know there are 33 Olympians in hijab at Rio 2016? The Hijabi Olympians at Rio 2016 made a few headlines; from winning medals to finishing last. These ladies competed with positive attitude regardless. Many ages below 25, from track and field, to fencing, shooting, archery and weightlifting these young and strong ladies have much to be proud of – representing Muslim women who choose to compete in hijab and modestly.
Here are the 9 inspirational hijabi Olympians at Rio 2016 other than the 24 sisters mainly from Egypt, Saudi and Iran:
- 11 Young Egypt Olympians in Hijab
- The Fabulous 4 Hijabi Olympians from Saudi
- The 9 female Olympians from Iran
Ibtihaj Muhammad, USA, Fencing
She did many of us proud. Known as the first hijab-wearing muslim American who compete at the Olympics at London 2012, this time at Rio 2016, she won the bronze medal in the Team Sabre, together with 3 other female fencers. Hailed from New Jersey, Ibtihaj is apart of the United States National Fencing Team since 2010.
Kamia Yousufi, Afghanistan, Athletic Women’s 100m
Born in Iran, Kamia, 20 competed in the 100 meters at Rio 2016 with a ranking of 22, 14.02 second. Kamia and Kariman Abuljadayel from Saudi are the two sprinters competed on the track in modest attire, covered with hijab. She definitely got the opportunity to learn from the best and hopefully they will come back to the Olympics in Japan in 2020 for better rank.
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Maryan Nuh Muse, Somalia, Athletic Women’s 400m
After two decades of civil war, Somalia sent two athletes to Rio 2016. Mayran is one of them. She ran the 400 meters and finished last but she remained calm. After all, it is a new beginning for Somalian athletes.
- Salwa Eid Naser from Bahrain, Athletic Women’s 400m
Although she didn’t win any medal at the Rio 2016, Salwa Eid Naser, 18, is the athlete we must watch. She completed running the semifinals 3rd placing at 51.06s. Prior to the Olympic, she won the gold medal at the World Youth Championships in Athletics in 2015
Ayesha al Balooshi, United Arab Emirates, Weightlifting
Samira Ouass, Morocco, Weight Lifting
Shehzana Anwar, Kenya, Archery
She started archery in 2002 when she was 12 years old. At Rio 2016, she ranks 62 out of 65 other archers.
Minhal Sohail, Pakistan, Shooting
21 years old Minhal got to compete at Rio 2016 for 10 meter air rifle. She is the first female shooter to represent Pakistan at the Olympics. At Rio 2016, she ranked 28 out of 51 contestants.
Wadha Al Balushi, Oman, Shooting
Do expect them to compete back strong at the next Olympics. Be inspired and stand tall in victory or defeat, like these strong ladies.