Kimia Alizadeh made Iranian history on Thursday after she won an Olympic bronze medal during the women’s taekwondo competition.
The 18-year-old taekwondo player beat Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden 5-1 in the under-57kg division and won the medal.
Alizadeh became the first ever Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal. Alizadeh won the Youth Olympics two years ago and last year she took a bronze at the world championships.
Deeply conservative Iran has had few women competitors at the Olympics, particularly since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
Archer Lida Fariman was the first to be allowed to compete at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.
But clothing obligations imposed by hardline religious leaders continue to place barriers to women competing freely, and on a level pegging, in many sports.
Women are also banned from watching sports in Iran where men are present.
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 01:02