CHIBA, Japan, July 25 (Reuters) – Iranian Kimia Alizadeh might make Olympic historical past for the second time on Sunday after successful her first three matches within the girls’s taekwondo -57kg class and an opportunity on the bronze in what could be the first-ever medal for the Refugee Olympic Staff.
5 years in the past in Rio, Alizadeh grew to become the one Iranian girl to win an Olympic medal when she took bronze. She fled to Germany final 12 months, and is considered one of three taekwondo athletes competing for the refugee group on the Tokyo Video games.
The Refugee Olympic Staff had 10 opponents in three sports activities on their first Video games look in Rio. It has 29 athletes in 12 sports activities in Tokyo 2020.
Alizadeh’s first three matches have been all notable: the primary, in opposition to erstwhile compatriot Nahid Kiyani Chandeh – coached by her earlier teacher – and the second in opposition to double Olympic champion Jade Jones of Britain within the spherical of 16.
Within the third, the 23-year-old refugee defied the percentages by beating Chinese language gold medal favorite Zhou Lijun, who paced across the octagonal mat in disbelief as she conceded the match.
Competing underneath the white flag, Alizadeh was a transparent favorite within the Makuhari Messe enviornment, getting into to applause and cheers from members of the media and others within the venue at which no normal public spectators have been allowed.
Alizadeh, who stated she left her homeland as a result of she was fed up with getting used as a propaganda device, misplaced to Russian Tatiana Minina within the semi-final spherical. She can have an opportunity at one of many two bronze medals.
Alizadeh’s defeat of Jones and her subsequent victory over Zhou have been among the many many upsets on day two of the four-day competitors, the place South Korea’s Lee Dae-hoon lost his first match.
Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Enhancing by Kenneth Maxwell, Karishma Singh and Pritha Sarkar
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