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Iranian-Belgian woman Raheleh Asemani shines at Rio 2016 Olympics

Iranian woman Raheleh Asemani, a taekwondo practitioner who was representing Belgium in Rio 2016 Olympics, also came close to earning a medal in the Women's 57 kg taekwondo competitions. Asemani lost the contest for bronze medal to Hedaya Wahba of Egypt, while her countrywoman Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin won a bronze medal in the same weight category to become the first Iranian female Olympian.

Raheleh Asemani

Raheleh Aseman's Olympics Results:

  • Women's -57kg Contest for Bronze Medal A
    Raheleh Asemani (Belgium) - Hedaya Wahba (Egypt) Egypt: 0-1
  • Women's -57kg Repechage
    Raheleh Asemani (Belgium) - Naima Bakkal (Morocco): 12-0
  • Women's -57kg Quarterfinal
    Raheleh Asemani (Belgium) - Jade Jones (Great Britain): 2-7
  • Women's -57kg Round of 16
    Raheleh Asemani (Belgium) - Carolena Carstens (Panama): 13-1

VIDEO: Raheleh Asemani "Fighting for the right to chase my dream" 


2016 European Olympic Qualification Tournament winner

2010 Asian Games silver medalist

A former refugee athlete, Raheleh Asemani (born 21 June 1989) is originally from Iran but now fights out of Belgium, where she has been working as a postwoman for a living. Because Asemani did not yet have Belgian citizenship at the time, she was allowed to compete in the European Olympic qualifier in January 2016 as an independent athlete under the flag of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) thanks to recent rule changes. At that tournament in Istanbul, Asemani advanced to the final in the featherweight (57kg/126 lbs) division, where she then defeated Finland's Suvi Mikkonen to win the tournament and earn a spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Asemani was being considered for the newly-created Refugee Olympic Team, but she officially earned Belgian citizenship in April and was able to compete for her home country in Rio.


Related Story: Former refugee wants to earn Rio taekwondo medal as Belgian

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