First American with hijab competes in Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO - Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history Monday by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.
Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout in the women's sabre tournament, beating Olena Kravatska of Ukraine 15-13.
According to the LA Times, Muhammad, ranked eighth in the world in her weapon, lost her match against face ninth-ranked Cecilia Berder of France 15-12. Muhammad will take part in the team competition later in the games.