0519 GMT October 05, 2022
Iran’s Nahid Kiani said the hard work “has just begun” for her after securing a place in the taekwondo competitions of the Tokyo Olympics.
The Iranian sealed the spot in Tokyo after reaching the final bout of the women’s -57kg weight class at the Asian Qualification Tournament for Tokyo 2020 in Amman, the capital of Jordan, on Saturday.
Kiani overcame the host’s Natali Hamaidi 4-2 in the semifinals to win a third taekwondo quota for the country, following Armin Hadipour and Mir-Hashem Hosseini, IRNA reported.
“I’m so happy to have won the berth to take part at the biggest sporting event in the world. From now on, I’ll put in all my efforts for the Olympic medal. The hard work has just begun,” Kiani said after her triumph in Amman.
Iran head coach Mahro Komrani was full of praise for Kiani, saying, “Kiani was pitted in the harder half of the draw and had to overcome some tough opponents. Thank God, months of training and preparations eventually paid off.”
A thrilling contest had seen the 22-year-old Iranian beat the 2019 world champion Phannapa Harnsujin of Thailand 18-16 in the quarters.