Olympics 101: USA Olympic Fencing makes headlines after historic moment during competition

Posted at 7:00 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 20:00:27-04

Fencing is one of the original Olympic sports dating back to 1896 and operates in three forms of competition including foil, epee, and sabre.

This year, fencing received a great deal of interest due the historic female fencer for team USA being the first American athlete to compete in any sport wearing a hijab, a scarf or veil worn by mostly Muslim women.

Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is from Maplewood, NJ, won her first qualifying bout in the Sabre competition defeating Olena Kravatska of Ukrain, however, she fell to Cecilia Berder of France in the following round.

Individuals on Team USA have managed to win just two gold medals since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and will once again fall short of ultimate Olympic glory.

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Team USA member Daryl Homer qualified for an opportunity to win the men's individual sabre competition, however he was defeated by Aron Szilagyi in the gold medal round.

After earning a silver medal, Homer and Team USA hope to rebound and capture more medals during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


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