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The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close with Americans earning 121 medals -- 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze -- their biggest haul ever, not counting the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games or the 1904 St. Louis Games, when hardly anyone else showed up.

U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad makes history, then wins in opening round

Ibtihaj Muhammad of the U.S. celebrates her win over Ukraine's Olena Kravatska. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images)
Ibtihaj Muhammad of the U.S. celebrates her win over Ukraine's Olena Kravatska. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images)

Merely by stepping onto the strip at Carioca Arena 3, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made a bit of Olympic history.

The 30-year-old New Jersey native became the first American athlete to compete at the Games in a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.

“I feel like this is a great moment for Team USA to be even more diverse than we have in the past and I'm just looking forward to representing myself, my community and my country,” Muhammad said in the days before the competition.

The eighth-ranked saber fencer made the most of her moment on Monday, defeating 33rd-ranked Olena Kravatska of Ukraine, 15-13, in the round of 32.

In the round of 16, Muhammad took an early lead against ninth-ranked Cecilia Berder of France but surrendered a string of touches mid-bout and ended up losing, 15-12. She will take part in the team competition later in the Games.

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