Kimia Alizadeh: Iranian defector from Olympic Refugee Team stuns two-time Olympic taekwondo champion

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By Jacob Lev, CNN

An Iranian taekwondo jock competing for the Refugee Olympic Team made her people astatine Tokyo 2020 aft she defeated two-time Olympic golden medalist Jade Jones.

Kimia Alizadeh bushed Team Great Britain’s Jones 16-12 connected Sunday successful the women’s -57kg taekwondo circular of 16.

She past overcame China’s Lijun Zhou successful the quarterfinals earlier losing to Turkey’s Hatice Kubra Ilgun successful the bronze medal match.

Had Alizadeh won that lucifer she’d person secured the Refugee Olympic Team’s archetypal ever medal since its instauration successful 2016.

Earlier connected Sunday, Alizadeh bushed an jock representing Iran — Nahid Kiyani Chandeh — successful a qualifying round.

Five years ago Alizadeh became the archetypal Iranian woman to triumph an Olympic medal competing for Iran aft claiming bronze successful taekwondo astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Affectionately known successful Iran arsenic “The Tsunami,” Alizadeh announced successful 2020 she’d permanently near her commencement state for Europe amid searing disapproval of the Iranian regime.

“I americium 1 of the millions of oppressed women successful Iran who they person been playing with for years,” the jock wrote successful an Instagram station successful 2020 explaining wherefore she was defecting

The 23-year-old was granted exile presumption successful Germany and present lives successful the Bavarian municipality of Aschaffenburg.

Alizadeh is Germany’s 3rd exile athlete, according to Germany’s Taekwondo Union.

There are 29 athletes competing for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team successful this year’s Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

IOC President Thomas Bach announced the instauration of the Refugee Olympic Team — the archetypal of its benignant — back successful 2015, arsenic portion of the committee’s pledge to “aid imaginable elite athletes affected by the worldwide exile crisis.”

American Anastasija Zolotic won the women’s -57kg taekwondo golden aft beating Russian Olympic Committee’s Tatiana Minina, who claimed silver.

Zolotic is the archetypal US pistillate to triumph Olympic golden successful taekwondo.

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

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