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Published on Aug 8, 2012
Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar makes history in the 800m heats by becoming the first woman from her country to compete in an athletics event in Olympic Park at the London 2012 Olympic Games (8 August 2012).
Since 1896, athletics has been on the programme of each edition of the Games of the Olympiad. Its presence on the Games programme has allowed its popularity to increase across the world. This popularity was also strengthened by the creation of the IAAF in 1912. Women's events appeared for the first time at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, while the men's programme was standardised as of the 1932 Games in Los Angeles. Although at the beginning women were authorised to participate in only some events, today their programme is almost identical to that of the men.