Iranian defector from Olympic Refugee Team stuns two-time Olympc taekwondo champion

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Kimia Alizadeh beat Team Great Britain’s Jones 16-12 on Sunday within the girls’s -57kg taekwondo spherical of 16.

She then overcame China’s Lijun Zhou within the quarterfinals earlier than dropping to Turkey’s Hatice Kubra Ilgun within the bronze medal fit.

Had Alizadeh received that fit she’d have secured the Refugee Olympic Team’s first ever medal since its introduction in 2016.

Earlier on Sunday, Alizadeh beat an athlete representing Iran — Nahid Kiyani Chandeh — in a qualifying spherical.

Five years in the past Alizadeh was the primary Iranian lady to win an Olympic medal competing for Iran after claiming bronze in taekwondo on the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Affectionately recognized in Iran as “The Tsunami,” Alizadeh introduced in 2020 she’d completely left her delivery nation for Europe amid searing complaint of the Iranian regime.
Refugee Olympic Team's Kimia Alizadeh (Blue) and Iran's Nahid Kiyani Chandeh (Red) compete in the taekwondo women's -57kg elimination round bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo on July 25, 2021.

“I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years,” the athlete wrote in an Instagram put up in 2020 explaining why she was once defecting

The 23-year-old was once granted refugee standing in Germany and now lives within the Bavarian the town of Aschaffenburg.

Alizadeh celebrates after defeating Jade Jones of Team Great Britain.

Alizadeh is Germany’s 3rd refugee athlete, in keeping with Germany’s Taekwondo Union.

There are 29 athletes competing for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team on this yr’s Games, in keeping with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

IOC President Thomas Bach introduced the introduction of the Refugee Olympic Team — the primary of its sort — again in 2015, as a part of the committee’s pledge to “aid potential elite athletes affected by the worldwide refugee crisis.”

American Anastasija Zolotic received the ladies’s -57kg taekwondo gold after beating Russian Olympic Committee’s Tatiana Minina, who claimed silver.

Tatiana Manina and Anastasija Zolotic compete in the women's -57kg taekwondo gold medal contest.

Zolotic is the primary US lady to win Olympic gold in taekwondo.

Bronze went to Ilgun and Chinese Taipei’s Lo Chia-Ling.


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