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Britain’s Jade Jones, right and Refugee Olympic team Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin compete in taekwondo -57 kg elimination round on July 25 (Javier Soriano / AFP / Getty Images)

Kimia Alizadeh, an Iranian taekwondo athlete competing for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, has twice defeated Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones in the round of 16.

Alizadeh became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal, competing for Iran after claiming bronze in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In 2020, she announced that she was permanently leaving her native country to Europe amid critical criticism of the regime in Tehran.

Alizadeh meets Lijun Zhou in the quarterfinals.

“I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran that they have been playing with for years,” the athlete wrote in an Instagram post in 2020, explaining why she was defective.

Alizadeh was granted refugee status in Germany and now lives in the Bavarian town of Aschaffenburg, according to Reuters.

According to the IOC website, 29 athletes will compete for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in the Games.

Read more about her here.

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