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Egypt's 50-year-old female triathlon athlete blazes a trail for women

A middle-aged Egyptian woman finishes the Ironman Barcelona triathlon and has many other goals, including running in next year's Boston Marathon.

Egypt's 50-year-old triathlon athlete Amany Helmi Khalil said that she had blazed a trail for both women and older people passionate about sports after becoming the first female from her country in such an age category to complete the Ironman Barcelona triathlon in Spain last month.

Khalil, who is a mother of two, came in 21st in the 50-54 age category for women in the triathlon after competing with women and men from all over the world who were mostly in their 20s and 30s. "I hope that the accomplishment I made in Barcelona last month will pave the way for other women and older people to practice sports and win competitions," she told Al-Monitor. "Nothing can stop anyone from practicing sports — it is never the age nor the gender," she added.

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