We take a look at some of the Arab world's Olympians competing at London 2012 this week, in our hand-picked panel of sporting giants from Tunisia, through Libya, Egypt, Syria and more. Whether they're hot Arab Spring favorites for giving their countries a feel-good reward after a tough couple of years, or former champions back to boost the Arab medal count, we celebrate the Middle East's sportsmen and women who are going for broke durnig the coming fortnight.
Cooked-up in a restive region, we have a mean brew of horse-jockeys, martial artists, runners, jumpers and gymnasts - and not to leave out of course (where would the Arab world be without them?) shooters. Contenders for Gold, Silver and Bronze include a Sheikh, a hardy survivor-protestor, two Saudi women and many other Arabian wonders that provide spectacles of bravery and endurance in life and sport.
Whether the Middle East takes Gold, it certainly has won hearts and minds with its 'athletic' revolutionary triumphs in the political arena in 2012.
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