14 Female Muslim Athletes Who Won Olympic Medals

14 Female Muslim Athletes Who Won Olympic Medals

Here’s a recap of Rio 2016 and all our badass Muslim girls who traded in adversities and prejudice for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Congrats, ladies!


1. Dalilah Muhammad

Country: USA

Sport: Track

GOLD (400m Hurdles)


“Thank you to all my supports!” Muhammad wrote on Instragram. “I have no doubt that my blessings are a reflection of your love.”


2. Majlinda Kelmendi

Country: Kosovo

Sport: Judo 

GOLD (52kg)


“That means a lot. I just proved to them that even after the war, even after we survived a war, if they want something they can have it. If they want to be Olympic champions, they can be. Even if we come from a small country, poor country,” she told JudoInside.

3. Aliya Mustafina

Country: Russia

Sport: Gymnastics

GOLD (uneven bars), SILVER (team all-around), BRONZE (individual all around)



4. Ibtihaj Muhammad

Country: USA

Sport: Fencing

BRONZE (team sabre)


“I believe we are in a really peculiar time in our country, where people are comfortable saying things about particular groups, and they encourage fear, and they encourage violence, and I want to challenge those ideas,” she said in an interview with the Guardian.


5. Ines Boubakri

Country: Tunisia

Sport: Fencing

BRONZE (Individual Foil)


“I hope that this will be a message for all Tunisians, especially our youth,” Boubakri said. “A message which says that you must believe that women exist and they have their place in society.”



6. Zhazira Zhapparkul

Country: Kazakhstan

Sport: Weightlifting

SILVER (69kg)



7. Sri Wahyuni Agustiani

Country: Indonesia

Sport: Weightlifting

SILVER (48kg)



8. Sarah Ahmed

Country: Egypt

Sport: Weightlifting

BRONZE (255kg)



Ahmed hopes her story galvanizes other female Arab athletes into going after their dreams, she said in an interview with Al Arabiya.

9. Maria Stadnik

Country: Azerbaijan

Sport: Wrestling

SILVER (Freestyle 48kg)



10. Marwa Amri

Country: Tunisia

Sport: Wrestling

BRONZE (under-58kg)



11. Nur Tatar

Country: Turkey

Sport: Taekwondo

BRONZE (67kg)


12. Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin

Country: Iran

Sport: Taekwondo

BRONZE (57kg)



13. Hedaya Wahba

Country: Egypt

Sport: Taekwondo

BRONZO (under 57 kg)



14. Patimat Abakarova

Country: Azerbaijan

Sport: Taekwondo

BRONZE (under 49kg)

XXX of ZZZ competes in the (discipline & session name) during day four of the Baku 2015 European Games at Crystal Hall on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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