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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 13: Ibtihaj Muhammad of the USA celebrates a point over Ekaterina Dyachenko of Russia in the Women’s Sabre Team Semifinals on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 3 on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Team USA continues to rack up medals, with the U.S. Olympic Women’s Fencing Team earning the bronze medal on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.

Teammates Mariel Zagunis, Dagmara Wozniak and Ibtihaj Muhammad defeated Poland in the team sabre quarterfinals early on Saturday before scoring top marks against Italy in the afternoon Bronze medal match.

The final tally was U.S.A. 45, Italy 30.

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Before even scoring a point, viagra Ibtihaj Muhammad will make history this summer in Rio de Janeiro by being the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics in a hijab, ask the headscarf worn by Muslim women.

Muhammad, pilule an African American women’s saber fencer, first made history several years ago when she became the first Muslim woman to compete for the U.S. in fencing. Now that she has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Muhammad is making history once more.

“I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals — not race, religion or gender,” Muhammad says in her USA Fencing bio. “I want to set an example that anything is possible with perseverance.”

The 30-year-old fencer has been on fire this season, earning bronze medals at two of the three world cups held so far. After earning bronze at the Athens world cup on Saturday, Muhammad mathematically secured her spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

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