Defying prejudice, Egyptian woman racks up global bodybuilding awards

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Dina Abdel-Maksoud, a 21-year-old Egyptian bodybuilder champion, trains at a gym in Port Said city, northeast of Cairo, Egypt | Photo: Reuters
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Cairo: Egyptian female bodybuilder Dina Abdel Maksoud has had to overcome prejudice as well as fellow competitors to become a champion.

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In a country where bodybuilding is widely viewed as the province of men, the 21-year-old has spent eight years pumping iron and defying social norms.

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She spends on average two hours at the gym each day, but double when she trains for a competition. In October she won golds at two events in Ukraine.

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"If you train for bodybuilding you will achieve your dreams. If a woman trains hard, she can be stronger than the strongest of men. So, do not let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do," she said.

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