Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics in a hijab, fell short of winning a medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Despite making history by winning the first round during the Women’s Individual Sabre on Monday, Muhammad was defeated by Cecilia Berder of France in the second round.

Muhammad was one of the most recognizable athletes entering the Rio Olympics. Earlier this year, Time magazine named her on their list of “The 100 Most Influential People.”

The New Jersey native said while growing up, she felt awkward playing other sports, such as track and volleyball, with her head, arms and legs covered.

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