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'Kicking down that door!' Saudi's first female Olympic sprinter runs in Rio

Kariman Abuljadayel, who wore hijab and a tracksuit, earned praise and admiration among social media users
Abuljadayel completed the race in 14.61 seconds, finishing seventh in the preliminary heat (AFP)

Sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel made history by becoming the first Saudi woman to participate in the Olympics 100 metres.

Abuljadayel, who was wearing a hijab and a tracksuit that covered all of her arms and legs, earned praise and admiration among social media users.

She completed the race in 14.61 seconds, finishing seventh in the preliminary heat. She will not make it to the next round.

Despite her elimination, social media commentators were quick to congratulate Abuljadayel on her accomplishment.

Sprinter Sarah Attar became the first Saudi female olympian when she competed in the 800 metres in the 2012 London games.

After the race, some pundits remarked that Abuljadayel will not be able to drive when she returns to Saudi Arabia despite her feat.

The conservative kingdom is the only country that does not allow women to drive.

However, others celebrated the progress.

Afghanistan's Kamia Yousufi also ran in the 100 metres while wearing a hijab. She finished last.