After over 150,000 people -- including you! -- signed my petition on change.org, the Iranian Swimming Federation has officially registered Elham's open water swimming record. This is not only a victory for Elham but for women in sports from around the world who want only to be allowed to compete on a level playing field without political interference and discrimination.
I would like to thank you for supporting my campaign and Elham would too! She sent this message today to thank all of you who have stood by her during this fight:
"Hello, I'm Elham. On July 5, 2014 I received a huge recognition and the registration of a record recorded before only in the heart of my people and all of you. This time, however, the record - 12 hours and 19 kilometers crawl style - was officially recognized with a certificate and will be especially remembered in the register of national records of my country.
With this I would like to thank all of you who have supported me and sent away lies, insults, accusations.
I dedicate my victory to my people, and especially Iranian women, who deserve more.
The little daughter of Iran,
Elham Sadat Asghari"