Saudi woman makes Olympic history

19-year-old Sarah Attar is the first female athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics.

Sarah Attar becomes the first female athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympic Games on 8 August, 2012. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Sarah Attar made history by becoming the first female athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympic Games.

Despite limping home last in her race on Wednesday, the 19-year-old said the Games were not about results.

She is just one of two Saudi women sent to represent their country at the Olympics.

Competing in the 800 metre race, Attar ran in a white hood, long sleeve top and black leggings.

The student said it was an honour to represent the women of Saudi Arabia.

For the first time in Olympic history, all participating countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brune, fielded female participants.