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CNN asks whether the drive for equality in sport has stalled a year on from the landmark London 2012 Olympics
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A CNN World Sport Presents documentary

An Uneven Playing Field

The London 2012 Olympics were hailed as the "Women's Games." For the first time, all nations included women on their teams, and all events allowed women to compete. But that represents only one measure of success. One year after London 2012, CNN's World Sport gauges whether that progress was real, or simply a mirage - and what still needs to be done to achieve equality in sport.

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Saudi female runner looks back at London
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One year after the London Olympics, World Sport Presents looks at the state of women's sport in Saudi Arabia.

False dawn in the struggle for equality?

When Sarah Attar became the first female athlete to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics in 2012, there was tangible hope it could prove a watershed moment for women's sport.

For the first time in the history of sport's greatest spectacle all events permitted women to take part and every nation had female athletes on their teams. But was that progress short lived?

CNN World Sport asked some of the pivotal figures in those landmark Games whether it's proved a springboard for success, or if attitudes have regressed in the intervening 12 months.

  • Double gymnastic gold medallist Gabby Douglas says people should pay more attention to powerful, strong minded female competitors. Read here.
  • Brazil's soccer phenomenon Marta says macho attitudes still mean many men don't see football as a sport that should be played by women. Read here.
  • Gold medallist Nicola Adams says the Games did wonders to open people's minds to women's boxing and the technical skill involved. Watch here.
  • CNN's Amanda Davies explains why momentum in the equality drive has been lost in the year since those golden summer Games of 2012. Read here.
  • Sarah Attar explains she still struggles to comprehend how "deep and powerful" her landmark appearance for Saudi Arabia was in London. Watch here.
  • CNN producer Samantha Bresnahan says everything and nothing has changed since the female athletes of London 2012 made history. Read here.

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