Sunday’s race took Gerami two hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds and she finished 76th out of 87 in her age group
At 7.15am on Sunday morning, Shirin Gerami stepped into the chilly waters of the Hyde Park’s Serpentine in full Islamic dress and made history.
Gerami, 24, paved the way for thousands of sportswomen by becoming the first Iranian female triathlete to take part in the sport’s world championship. Female swimmers and triathletes from Iran have previously been denied permission to race in international events where men can spectate.
“I feel very proud and I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to race,” she told the Guardian after completing a 1,500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in the PruHealth world triathlon grand final.
The most empowering and uplifting moments, Gerami said, came when other athletes patted her on the back as she ran and the crowd cheered as she passed, shouting, “Well done, Iran!””Athletes from different corners of the world were there and it’s very uplifting to see that everyone respected Iran and everyone respected that we were participating.”