RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood will be bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics as a member of the USA Women's Saber team.
Muhammad and the other members of the USA Women's Saber team defeated Italy by a wide margin, with a final score of 45-30 to win the bronze medal.
In addition to Muhammad, the USA Women's Saber team consists of Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who is currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 4 in the world, and Dagmara Wozniak. The replacement athlete, Monica Aksamit, fenced in one of the bouts in the bronze medal match, and Muhammad fenced in two of the nine bout match.
Muhammad's profile on the USA Fencing website states that she is ranked second in the U.S., and No. 12 in the world. Muhammad finished in the Top 16 in the Women's Individual Saber competition at the Rio Olympics, and has already made Olympic history as the first U.S. athlete to compete in a hijab.
Commentators during the USA Women's Saber Team event mentioned that three of the four members of Women's Saber team are from New Jersey, which was described as a "hot bed of fencing." Also stated was that "Muhammad fenced great today."
Muhammad has expressed her gratitude to the Maplewood community for its hometown support, which includes a large banner in downtown Maplewood and lawn signs outside homes throughout SOMA.
Russia and the Ukraine will compete for the gold and silver medals in Women's Team Saber at 5:30 p.m.