See Why This Tunisian Fencer Dedicated Her Medal to All Arab Women
On Day 5 of the 2016 Olympics, 27-year-old Tunisian athlete Ines Boubakri made Olympic history when she defeated Russia's Aida Shanaeva to win a bronze medal in fencing.
The win is historic, as it is the first women's Olympic fencing medal to be won by an African woman. The significance of this win carried Boubakri throughout the match, and after being awarded the bronze, she spoke to the press, dedicating the medal to "the Tunisian woman, the Arab woman...who has her place in society".
"This medal, it's historic for Tunisia. It's incredible," she continued. "I hope that this will be a message for all Tunisians, especially our youth, all Tunisian women, the Arab woman...A message which says that you must believe that women exist and they have their place in society."
Boubakri has been documenting her journey to the games on Instagram-- check out all the hard work she put into this victorious win!