Women made their mark on the Olympics like never before in London, the first Games ever to feature women in all 204 national teams and all 26 sports.
Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani (L) during her women's +78kg judo match against Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica at the London Olympics on August 3. Shaherkani admitted she felt overwhelmed by the attention focused on her as the first Saudi woman to compete in the Games.
The participation of the first women athletes from the conservative Islamic nations of Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar was widely seen as a breakthrough for the Olympic movement, while nations that have long nurtured women's sports reaped a golden reward.
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