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Kimia Alizadeh to Carry Iran's Flag at Asian Games

09 Jul 2018, 18:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh has been named as Iran's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games.

Discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi and shooter Elaheh Ahmadi were also candidates to carry Iran's flag at the Games.

Alizadeh won a bronze medal in the taekwondo 57kg weight class at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by defeating Swedish athlete Nikita Glasnovi.

This made her the first Iranian woman to win a medal at the Olympic Games.

She also won a gold medal in the women's 63kg class at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Alizadeh beat London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 gold medalist Jade Jones at the 2015 World Championship to win a bronze medal. She also won a silver medal two years later at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships.

The 2018 Asian Games will be held in Indonesia from August 14 to September 1.

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