Dina Pouryounes, Refugee Olympic Team athlete, competes in Taekwondo at Tokyo 2020

The Iranian native, who now lives and trains in the Netherlands, was knocked out in the first round of the women's -49kg event.

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Hoping for a medal at Tokyo 2020, Dina Pouryounes Langeroud was knocked out in the first round on Saturday (24 July).

The IOC Refugee Olympic Team member lost to two-time Olympic gold medallist Wu Jingyu of China, 24-3 in the women's -49kg event.

Wu won by point gap after two rounds, but went on to lose in the quarter-finals.

Pouryounes, who began taekwondo at age 3 and was a national champion before fleeing Iran in 2015 to seek refuge in the Netherlands, would like to continue her Olympic journey at Paris 2024.

"Sport gives me peace and confidence," she said earlier this year. "I hope [refugees] are motivated to try to reach their goals and become successful."

The 29-year-old says she trains twice a day at home in the Netherlands.

Three taekwondo athletes are a part of the Refugee Team, including Pouryounes, Rio 2016 bronze medallist Kimia Alizadeh and Abdullah Sediqi.

Panipak Wongpattanakit won gold in the women's 49kg event, with Adriana Cerezo Iglesias capturing silver and Abishaq Semberg and Tijana Bogdanovic sharing the bronze.


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