SPORTS BRIEFING | WEIGHT LIFTING
Competing While Covered Is a First for a U.S. Event
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 15, 2011
Kulsoom Abdullah became the first woman to compete in the United States weight lifting championships while wearing clothing that covered her legs, arms and head.
Abdullah was cleared to compete at the championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 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 uniform. I.W.F. rules previously stated that a weight lifter’s knees and elbows had to be visible so officials could determine if a lift was correctly executed. On Friday, Abdullah, a 35-year-old from Atlanta who weighed in at 105 pounds, finished fifth out of six competitors in her weight class.
A version of this brief appeared in print on July 16, 2011, on page D3 of the New York edition with the headline: Competing While Covered Is a First for a U.S. Event.
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