Former Duke fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, reacts after losing against Cecilia Berder of France in the women’s individual saber fencing event on Monday.
Former Duke fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, reacts after losing against Cecilia Berder of France in the women’s individual saber fencing event on Monday. Andrew Medichini AP
Former Duke fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, reacts after losing against Cecilia Berder of France in the women’s individual saber fencing event on Monday. Andrew Medichini AP

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