This 23-year-old young Saudi sprinter was chosen by the Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation as a possible ‘Universality place’ nominee after breaking the Saudi female 100m race record at the national trials.
It may have happened over a month ago, but this day was exceptional for this woman, ready to make her mark in the world. Yasmeen was announced as the first-ever female Saudi athlete to qualify for a universality place at the biggest sporting event in the world. Might she dare to dream more? A few weeks after she broke the national female 100m dash record – this news could not have come at a better time.
“A dream come true,” Yasmeen says. “I’m running for myself, my country, and for all young Saudis. I hope by hearing my story, other young Saudi girls feel encouraged to get into sports, and the world sees more Saudis competing on the international stage.”
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Yasmeen goes on to add that many people have influenced her career, and she would have them in her mind for the entirety of the event.
On 30th July 2021, Yasmeen finally ran for the 100m female sprint. Although she came in 9th with a time of 13.34, this young woman has spirits as high as the Himalayas themselves. She was highly inspired and happy to be wearing the colors of her prestigious Kingdom in the Tokyo Games. Regardless of everything that transpired, she can look back at her time in the competition with a hint of pride.