By Jay Busbee Aug 19, 2016, 6:40 AM Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin made history Thursday night, claiming bronze in the 57-kilogram class of taekwondo and, in so doing, becoming the first Iranian woman to win a medal in any Olympic event. Alizadeh defeated Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic to win the historic medal. Iranian taekwondo practitioner Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin celebrates after winning against Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic in the semi-finals bout of women’s featherweight category in the Rio 2016Olympics Games.
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It’s a strong signifier in favor of gender equality under the flag of a nation notorious for its harsh, discriminatory treatment of women. One small example: Women are not even permitted in the stadiums where all-male athletic events are taking place, a state of affairs highlighted by a protestor at the Olympics earlier this week. The International Olympic Committee gave tacit approval to a sign that read “Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums” held up by a protestor at volleyball games. “I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal, and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold,” said Alizadeh, who wears a head covering under her headguard. Stringent religious regulations requiring specific clothing have hampered Iranian women’s athletic endeavors. Few Iranian women have competed in the Olympics since 1979; the first to do so was archer Lida Fariman in 1992. http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/08/19/480667/Iran-taekwondo-Rio-2016-Olympic-Games-Kimiya-Alizadeh Iran's Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin has won the bronze medal in the -57kg class of taekwondo competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympics, becoming the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal. The 18-year-old Iranian athlete beat Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden 5-1 on Thursday after winning her repechage match with Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin 14-10. “I wish I had made history with a gold medal… I thank God that I made history with my bronze to pave the way for other Iranian women,” Alizadeh said. Alizadeh (L) competes against Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic during their women’s taekwondo bronze medal bout in the -57kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 18, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)
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"I am very excited and I want to thank my parents and my coach. They really stand behind me and I am so happy," she added. Alizadeh had lost 8-7 in the quarter-finals to Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain, but was handed a repechage place once the Spaniard made the final. Fade Jones from the UK won the gold medal after she triumphed over Gomez 16-7 in the same weight category. Alizadeh (R) competes with Croatia's Ana Zaninovic during their women’s taekwondo qualifying bout in the -57kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 18, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)
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The Iranian medalist won the 2014 Youth Olympics, and last year took the bronze medal at the world championships, beating Jones in her matches. The Iranian Olympians have so far won five medals in the Rio games.
---Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin made history Thursday night, claiming bronze in the 57-kilogram class of taekwondo and, in so doing, becoming the first Iranian woman to win a medal in any Olympic event. Alizadeh defeated Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic to win the historic medal. The International Olympic ---...