Kulsoom Abdullah honors Muslim faith, makes history at US weightlifting nationals

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Kulsoom Abdullah has become the first woman to compete in the U.S. weightlifting championships while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head.

Abdullah was cleared to compete in accordance with her Muslim faith after the International Weightlifting Federation ruled two weeks ago that athletes could wear a full-body “unitard” under the customary weightlifting uniform.

Abdullah finished fifth out of six competitors in her weight class.