In the 57 kg weight class of the taekwondo competition, Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin achieved a major milestone for her country Thursday night. After defeating Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic 5-1 in the bronze medal match, Kimia Alizadeh became the first woman from Iran to medal at the Olympics.
After her victory, Kimia Alizadeh fell to the floor and kissed the mat.
“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 the 18-year-old.
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As one of the top athletes in her field, Kimia Alizadeh’s success has been a long time coming. She won the 63 kg class at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and even defeated two-time gold medalist Jade Jones at the 2015 World Championships.
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Though Jade Jones took the Olympic title this year, Kimia Alizadeh won Iran’s fifth medal at the 2016 Olympics and achieved something that no Iranian woman has before.