Tunisian middle and long distance runner Habiba Ghribi became her countryâ€™s first female medalist at the 2012 London Games. Ghribi finished second in the womenâ€™s 3000 meter steeplechase, garnering the silver medal.
Ghribi, who started her career as a cross country runner, represented Tunisia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing thirteenth in the first ever womenâ€™s Olympic steeplechase race. She was subsequently voted the Best Sportswoman of 2009 by the Arabic daily newspaper Assahafa.
However, radicals on social media networks have put a damper on the countryâ€™s celebrations by calling on the government to strip Ghribi of her nationality because her running gear was too revealing. Tunisiaâ€™s only two other medals at the 2012 London Games were won by male swimmer Mellouli Oussama, who won the bronze medal in the menâ€™s 1500 meter freestyle. But Oussama brought home the gold for Tunisia in the menâ€™s 10km marathon.