(080821) -- BEIJING, Aug. 21, 2008 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2008 shows Iraqi athlete Dana Hussein Abdulrazak hold a Chinese knot in Beijing, China.
Iraq sent four athletes to Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Dana Hussein Abdulrazak, the only woman among the athletes, is the third Iraqi woman participating in the Olympic Games.
Dana Hussein started to practise sprint in 2003 and once survived a sniper shooting when she was training at a stadium of Baghdad University. After the International Olympic Committee(IOC) banned the participation of the Iraqi athletes, She burst into tears.
Fortunately, the IOC lifted the ban after Iraq pledged to hold free elections for its national Olympic committee under international observation.
Dana Hussein, wearing a pair of second-hand track shoes she bought in Jordan by herself, made her debut in the women's 100m heat at the National Stadium as part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 16, 2008.
"I have realized my dream of competing at the Olympics, and I am extremely happy to come to Beijing," said the 21-year-old girl, "It does not matter what we will achieve at the Games, the important thing is we are here."
The fact that Dana Hussein, as well as other Iraqi athletes, overcame different hardships to come to the Games is the perfect embodiment of the Olympic spirit of striving to be swifter, higher and stronger.
(Xinhua/Li Ziheng) (wx)