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Khadija Mellah, the first hijab-wearing jockey makes history in England

Written by FDM

London teenager Khadijah Mellah made the history of horse racing at Goodwood, becoming the first British jockey to win a horse race in a hijab.

It’s was a big win for Khadija Mellah who has just won the Magnolia Cup in England, a women’s charity race at Goodwood. It is believed that the 18-year-old athlete became the first jockey to compete in a horse race in Britain while wearing a hijab.

The teenager from Peckham is the youngest amateur rider to have competed in this race among the 12 competitors, as she only started riding a racehorse four months ago.

“There are no words to describe this – I’m lost for words,” Mellah said told the BBC. “When I passed the post I couldn’t believe it, and then I saw all my family and friends and started crying. I am quite competitive, so I wanted to win this race, but I never expected to.

“Ambitious women can do it. That’s all I want to represent, be ambitious and do it. I had so much support and I can not wait to see more stories of women entering the industry and doing incredible things,” she told The Guardian.