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Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi gets her chance in taekwondo

Sep. 02, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi got her chance to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. Khudadadi, one to two Afghans participating in the Paralympics, lost her first-round match in taekwondo in the 44-49-kilogram weight class to Ziyodakhon Isakova...

2 Afghan athletes arrive in Tokyo to compete in Paralympics

Aug. 28, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two athletes from Afghanistan have arrived in Tokyo to compete in the Paralympics, the International Paralympic Committee said Saturday. The two-person team of Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli had flown from Kabul to Paris before continuing on to Tokyo,...

Village life: Djokovic relishing the Olympic experience

Jul. 28, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — There he is doing the splits with the Belgian gymnastics team. Offering mental strength advice to Turkey’s volleyballers. Screaming wildly with a roomful of teammates when a fellow Serb wins gold in taekwondo. Posing for pictures with South African field hockey players —...

Olympics Latest: Germany wins another equestrian gold

Jul. 27, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT The German dressage team won its ninth gold medal in the...

Zolotic hopes her gold heralds new era for US taekwondo

Jul. 26, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Anastasija Zolotic was put in a taekwondo class by her father when she was barely 5 years old, and she loved it. Soon she was telling friends and family she would go to the Olympics someday. The day arrived in Tokyo, and the...

Olympics Latest: Japan upsets China in table tennis

Jul. 26, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Japan ended China’s overwhelming dominance in table...

Zolotic earns US its first gold in women's taekwondo

Jul. 25, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Anastasija Zolotic won the United States’ first gold medal in women’s taekwondo by beating Russian athlete Tatiana Minina 25-17 on Sunday to claim the featherweight division title. The 18-year-old Zolotic lets out a primal scream as she pulls on her...

Olympics Latest: Rashitov wins taekwondo gold at Tokyo Games

Jul. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Ulugbek Rashitov won Uzbekistan’s first Olympic taekwondo gold medal...

Iranian taekwondoka barely misses refugee team's 1st medal

Jul. 25, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh barely missed out on the Refugee Olympic Team's first-ever medal, losing to Turkey’s Hatice Kübra İlgün in their bronze medal taekwondo bout at the Tokyo Games. Alizadeh won bronze in Rio de Janeiro for Iran, becoming...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...