WATCH: Top fencing moments from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

The Rio Games were an opportunity for the United States to make their mark on the fencing world and while the coveted gold medal eluded them, they still found plenty of success on the piste.

U.S. women’s sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history when she became the first American representative to wear a hijab during competition.

When it came time for the team sabre competition, the U.S. had some tough luck that kept them out of contending for a gold medal but they rallied to come away with the bronze prize.
Alexander Massialas became the first American fencer in 32 years to win a medal in a men’s individual event when he took silver in his bout with Italy’s Daniele Garozzo.
Massialas and his teammates came out strong in the team foil competition and avenged their London loss to Italy in the bronze medal match.
Daryl Homer came up just short of gold but secured yet another medal for the U.S. in the men’s individual sabre.

Of course it wouldn’t be the Olympics without a few upsets but none was more stunning than when 20-year-old South Korean Sangyoung Park, down several points, rallied against veteran Geza Imre of Hungary to win gold in his first Olympic appearance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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