Habiba Ghribi: Tunisia’s First Female Olympic Champion

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First placed Yulia Zaripova (R) of Russia and second placed Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia celebrate after the women’s 3000m steeplechase final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN)

Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi brought home the country’s second medal (a silver) today and also became the first woman from the region to medal at the London Games, as well as the first female medalist ever for Tunisia!

Ghribi, 24, is from Kairouan and competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, ranking 13th in her discipline, the 3000m Steeplechase. She then had surgery on both of her feet, leaving her bedridden for most of 2010. Despite the hardship, Ghribi came back quickly, becoming the first Tunisian woman to win a medal (the silver) at the IAAF World Championships in 2011.

Ghribi joins her Tunisian teammate, swimmer Oussama Mellouli, on the podium. Mellouli won a bronze for the Men’s 1500m Freestyle and is yet to compete in the Men’s 10km Marathon.