First U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing hijab wins bronze

First U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing hijab wins bronze
Go team. (Image via CNN)

The first US Olympian to wear a hijab during competition, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, has won a bronze medal along with her teammates in the women’s team sabre event.

Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that Muslim-American women can excel in sports and she will return home to New Jersey with proof that she was right.

The U.S. routed Italy 45-30 to clinch third place Saturday and the first women’s medal in fencing for the Americans in Rio.

‘This is sport. It doesn’t matter what hair color you have, or what religion you are. The point is to go out there and be the best athlete you can be,’ said teammate Dagmara Wozniak. ‘We’re the best explanation of what American is. A mix of so many different cultures and races, and everything all together.’

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