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Equality in the available sports is one thing, but in many countries women do not have equal rights to participate in sports and the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games.
Prior to the 2012 Olympics in London, three Muslim countries have never before sent a female athlete: Qatar, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia.
The United States had finalists in every event except the triple jump.
However, they all bowed to IOC pressure and sent female athletes to London.
Now every national Olympic committee has sent women to the Olympic Games, a small step.
The only way women were able to take part was to enter horses in the equestrian events.
There are records of several winning women horse owners.
The United States was one of three nations, along with Great Britain and Greece, to have competed in each edition of the Olympic athletics program to that point.The American team had competitors in each of the 27 events, with the maximum number of entries in all but 3 of them (the United States did not send full teams for the steeplechase, the racewalk, or the triple jump).