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Here's the First Woman to Win an Olympic Medal for Iran

Here's the First Woman to Win an Olympic Medal for Iran

On Thursday, Kimia Alizadeh made history by becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Iran.

She claimed bronze in the 57-kilogram class of Taekwondo, defeating Sweden to win the historic medal.

Her victory was made even more momentous due to the harsh discrimination Iranian women face. According to Yahoo Sports, women are not even permitted in the stadiums where all-male athletic events are taking place.

Very few Iranian women have competed in the Olympics since 1979. The first to do so was archer Lida Fariman in 1992.

Alizadeh's win will hopefully inspire more Iranian women to compete for the gold in future Olympic games

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