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First American with hijab competes in Olympics

6 years 1 week 2 days ago Monday, August 08 2016 Aug 8, 2016 August 08, 2016 10:44 AM August 08, 2016 in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

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. 

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