A year of many firsts for Middle Eastern Olympians

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Nada Arkaji holds the distinction of being amongst the first group of women ever to compete in the Olympic Games for Qatar, along with sprinter Noor al Malki, shooter Bahiya al-Hamad, and table tennis player Aya Magdy. She is also the only swimmer from Qatar heading to London. Arkaji, who will compete in the 50m freestyle, is only 17 years old.

Credit: Reuters

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