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Muslim Woman Makes History at Weightlifting Event
by Luke Meredith
Kulsoom Abdullah wasn't so concerned about making history.
For Abdullah, performing well at her first national weightlifting championship was far more important than the outfit she had fought so hard to wear.
The flowing hijab and black top were hard to miss, though, as Abdullah became the first woman to compete in the U.S. championships on Friday while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head.
Abdullah was cleared to compete in accordance with her Muslim faith after the International Weightlifting Federation ruled two weeks ago that athletes could wear a full-body "unitard" under the customary weightlifting uniform.
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