Sara Ahmed, 18, has become the first Arab woman to win an Olympic medal for weightlifting. On top of that she is also the first Egyptian woman to stand on an Olympic podium.
Ahmed, who hails from Ismailia, donned a full-length uniform and covered her head with a hijab to compete. She hopes that she will be an inspiration for other women to take up the sport.
The teenager made several crisp lifts, carrying a combined weight of 255 kg and then waited for her competitor from Colombia to take her shot at it. Egypt supporters celebrated loudly when Ahmed was revealed as winner of the bronze medal. She, at the same time broke into tears, hugging her coach.
Ahmed, who began weightlifting at the age of 11, was inspired by her brother, who was into the sport.
"It's a very great honor and I cannot express it," she said. "It's not easy to compete here because all the athletes are very experienced," Ahmed added.
Weightlifting was one of the most popular sports among ancient Egyptians, and Ahmed’s win is the country’s first medal for weightlifting since 1948.