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Dear Katherine Ganly,
Thanks for your comment on my post.
However, I didn’t claim that she was the Arab’s first female bodybuilder.
In fact there seems to be others before her like Dina Al-Sabah who is at least a decade older and has more championships under/on her belt.
I was merely quoting what was mentioned in Gulf News.
Anyway, I do wish her and all sportsmen/women all the best :)
She’s definitely a first for Jordan and that’s no mean feat considering what kind of society they have there.
From the comments on my blog, I decided if I have a daugther I’ll encourage her to do bodybuilding :)
If we’re going to be precise about it, Dina Al-Sabah was/isn’t a female bodybuilder. She’s a figure competitor, which anyone who follows bodybuilding will tell you is vastly different.
Figure competitors are toned, but not particularly muscular. Above them in terms of muscular development are fitness competitors – more defined and required to do a gymnastic style free-posing routine. Most muscular of all are actual female bodybuilders.
They are 3 separate divisions – figure, fitness and women’s bodybuilding. So if Farah Malhass was to compete in a bodybuilding division, yes, she could well be first Arabic woman to do so.