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Muslim-American Fencer Makes History With Medal

Ibtihaj Muhammad is first US Olympian compete in hijab
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 13, 2016 4:55 PM CDT
Muslim-American Fencer Makes History With Medal
From left, Monica Aksamit, Dagmara Wozniak, Mariel Zagunis, and Ibtihaj Muhammad arrive to compete against Italy in a women's team sabre fencing bronze medal final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(Newser) – US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Olympics determined to show the world that sports is a place where Muslim-American women can excel. Muhammad will return to New Jersey with proof that she was right. The AP reports Muhammad, who became the first US Olympian to wear a hijab during competition, won a bronze medal Saturday along with her teammates—Monica Aksamit, Dagmara Wozniak, and Mariel Zagunisin—the women's team sabre event. The US beat Italy 45-30 to clinch third place and the first women's medal in fencing for the Americans in Rio. (Read more Rio Olympics stories.)

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