On Aug. 13, 2016, the USA women’s fencing team won the bronze medal in the sabre final at the Rio Olympics. Therefore, Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the team, became the first American medalist who competed wearing a hijab.
The U.S. crew, including Mariel Zagunis, Dagmara Wozniak, and Muhammad, defeated the team of Poland, in the quarterfinals, on August 13. Later the same day, the Americans won against Italy in the bronze medal match.
The award is the first Olympic medal achieved by Muhammad. She became the first American medalist to compete wearing a hijab, which is a veil covering the head and chest, worn by female Muslims.
As of this report, the USA team is still leading the Olympic medal count ranking, after obtaining 54 medals; 21 gold, 15 silver, and 18 bronze. Also, China is still in 2nd place, with 41 medals secured. The Great Britain team completes the podium, surpassing Japan. The British won 26 medals, while the Japanese obtained 24 rewards during the first week of competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
So far, 63 countries won a total of 408 medals.
Written by Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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