Refugee Olympic Team's Kimia Alizadeh celebrates after winning her Women's -57KG Round of 16 match against Great Britain's Jade Jones at Makuhari Messe Hall at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan Sunday. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images
Kimia Alizadeh narrowly missed winning the Refugee Olympic Team's first Games medal, in the bronze match — hours after defeating a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also the favorite to win the 57-kilogram taekwondo division Sunday.
The big picture: Alizadeh, Iran's Rio Games bronze medalist who defected to Germany last year, defeated Iranian friend Nahid Kiyani 18-9, then Great Britain's Jade Jones 16-12 and then contest favorite Zhou Lijun, of China, 9-8.
Jade Jones suffers shock defeat to Refugee athlete Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin in the round of 16 of the W-57kg and ends hopes of third Olympic gold medal #Taekwondo #Tokyo2020#WorldTaekwondo pic.twitter.com/v4u7rrvNOL— World Taekwondo (@WorldTaekwondo1) July 25, 2021
Flashback: Alizadeh criticized Iran's government in a 2020 Instagram post announcing her defection.
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