In a matter of minutes, the United States fencing team went from having two women in round of 16 in the women’s individual sabre to having none.
Mariel Zagunis, the 31-year old Oregon native who won the event in both 2004 and 2008, was eliminated by Russia’s Yekaterina Dyachenko, 15-12.
Zagunis was looking to rebound after finishing fourth at the London Olympics and was considered a medal favorite in Rio.
The other American to lose was Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made a bit of history earlier Monday when she became the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab.
Muhammad, a 30-year old New Jersey native, won her Round of 32 match against Ukraine’s Olena Kravatska, and held a 6-2 lead in her Round of 16 match against Cecilia Berder of France before Berder came back to win 15-13.
Zagunis, Muhammad and Dagmara Wozniak will be back in competition again on Saturday in the team event.