Female Olympic weightlifter first to compete in full-body uniform

Female Olympic weightlifter first to compete in full-body uniform

Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Hassine Ghada of Tunisia competes in the Women's 69kg Weightlifting on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

LONDON -- Ghada Hassine of Tunisia became the first Olympic weightlifter to compete in a newly approved unitard covering most of her body.

Rules requiring lifters to wear a uniform that doesn't cover the arms and lower legs were changed last year. The U.S. had petitioned for a change on behalf of a Muslim lifter.

Hassine, 19, wore the unitard Wednesday under the traditional weightlifting outfit and a hijab covering her hair as she participated in group B of lower-ranked lifters in the women's 69-kilogram category.

She cleared 102 kilograms in the snatch and 120 in the clean and jerk for a 220 kg total, putting her in second place before the top medal contenders had competed in group A.

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