Iranian defector from Olympic Refugee Team stuns two-time Olympc taekwondo champion
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.
“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 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).
American Anastasija Zolotic received the ladies’s -57kg taekwondo gold after beating Russian Olympic Committee’s Tatiana Minina, who claimed silver.
Zolotic is the primary US lady to win Olympic gold in taekwondo.
Bronze went to Ilgun and Chinese Taipei’s Lo Chia-Ling.