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Women's Team Sabre Fencing: US Takes Bronze Over Italy

It's the first women's medal in fencing for the Americans in Rio

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    Loreta Gulotta of Italy (left) competes against Dagmara Wozniak of the United States during the Rio Olympics women's sabre team bronze medal match at Carioca Arena 3 on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

    U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that sports is a place where Muslim-American women can excel.

    Muhammad will return to New Jersey with proof that she was right.

    Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab during competition, won a bronze medal Saturday along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.

    The U.S. beat Italy 45-30 to clinch third place and the first women's medal in fencing for the Americans in Rio.

    It was a near replay of the third-place match in men's foil Friday, which the U.S. won 45-31

    Russia will face Ukraine for the gold medal.

    The U.S. lost 45-42 to Russia in the semifinals, while Italy lost to Ukraine by the same score.