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.

Muhammad, ranked eighth in the world in her weapon, will next face ninth-ranked Cecilia Berder of France.