9 Hijabi Olympians from Iran @ RIO 2016

Do you know there are more and more hijabi competing at the Olympics? Let’s find out who these amazing ladies from Iran. Iran has the four qualifying female shooters at the Rio 2016 and  an archer who competes at both the Paralympics and the Olympics 2016. Other athletes compete in taekwondo, table tennis, shot put and rowing. Read on to learn more about them.

1. Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, Taekwondo

She won a gold medal in the women’s 63-kg at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and she beat London Olympic 2012 gold medalist Jade Jones at the 2015 World Championship.

Kimia Alizadeh

Kimia Alizadeh is 18 years old

2. Leila Rajabi, shot putter

Leila hails from  Belarusian and became an Iranian and converted to Islam after marrying Iranian athlete Peiman Rajabi.


3. Neda Shahsavari, Table tennis

Rio 2016 is Neda’s second Olympics. She was the first Iranian woman to represent Iran in table tennis at the London Olympics 2012


4. Zahra Nemati, Archer

This amazing lady competed in the Olympics for taekwondo until 2003 when got injured in a car accident, leaving both legs paralyzed. She took up archery in 2006. Now, she competes at both the Rio 201 the 2016 Summer Paralympics. She won two medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and individual gold and team bronze.

Zahra Nemati Archer

Zahra Nemati Archer

5. Mahsa Javar, Rowing

A rising star in rowing and new in the Olympics, she competes in the women’s single sculls competitions.

mahsa javar

6. Elahe Asmadi, shooting

This is her second debut at the Olympics. She reached final women’s 10 meter air rifle at the London 2012. This year she competes for the same category. In  the November 2015 edition, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) named  her as the world’s best athlete for the 10-meter air rifle women category.

elaheh as,adi

Elaheh, 32 hails from Tehran

7. Najmeh Khedmati, Shooting

Young and new in the shooting scene, Najmeh competes in women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions.

najmeh khidmati

Young Najmeh Khidmati gets good support from parents

8. Golnoush Sebghatollahi. Shooting

Golnoush is another young shooter from Iran who qualifies in the women’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol. Shei won tickets to Rio 2016 2016 at the 2016 Asian Olympic Shooting Qualifying Tournament in India.

Golnoush Sebghatollahi

Golnoush is 25

9. Mahlagha Jambozorg, Shooting

Mahlagha Jambozorg

She qualifies for the the Olympics for the second time after her first debut at the London 2012. At Rio 2016, she competes at the Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions after she won a silver medal at the Olympic Games Training Camp in France in June 2016.

Info Credit : Wikipedia

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