By Lana Ayoub, Communications Manager, ADG
You probably already heard the exciting news, but one of our very own made it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics earlier this summer. After some gruelling training across countries spanning the U.K to right here at home in the Kingdom, Yasmeen Al-Dabbagh not only qualified for the Olympics, but also broke the national female record for the 100-meter dash.
Having taken part in the 100m race in Tokyo, Yasmeen’s sights are now set on preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Commenting on her overall experience to Arab News , she said “My motto in life has always been to never give up,” she said. “As much of a cliché as that may sound, it genuinely helped me overcome many obstacles and fears to get to where I am today. I was told by one of my biggest idols, who is now my coach, Linford Christie, that I have the ability to make it to the Olympics. Ever since then, I have been working really hard to get to where I am today but this is only the start. As the saying goes, a journey of one thousand miles begins with one step. I consider this as a first step on a long journey to come, inshallah.”
After all the excitement came to an end, Yasmeen took to Instagram, saying “I fell short of my own expectations of breaking my personal record. Nonetheless, it was a reminder to put my trust in God, to be patient. It wasn’t my time, but my time will come InshaAllah. I gained an experience of a lifetime. I am determined to learn from my mistakes and grow as an athlete and competitor. This is only the beginning, and it just so happens to be at the world’s biggest stage. The Olympics lit a fire within me to aim higher and push further. Looking forward to competing again soon, and I hope to raise the Kingdom’s flag high”.
Good luck to our superstar C32er: we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!