Rugaya Al Ghasara-Sprinter-Bahrain
Ruqaya Al Ghasara
She was the first Muslim woman from her country ever to take up serious athletics.
In 2004, she became the first Muslim woman from an Arabian country to compete at the Olympic Games and in 2005 she was the first woman to ever win a race at the West Asian Games, when the Doha-hosted competition allowed female competitors for the first time ever.
But her most treasured first of all came in December last year, when she returned to the Qatari capital for the Asian Games and won the women’s 200m final. The 24-year-old, who also won bronze in the 100m, became one of the icons of the four-yearly multi-sport spectacular, both for her achievements on the track but also for her choice of clothing.