Raheleh Asemani qualified for Rio in Istanbul ©Getty Images

Refugee athlete Raheleh Asemani qualified for the Rio Olympics at the European Qualification Tournament in Istanbul today, while competing under the flag of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

The WTF announced last month that players who are refugees would be given the chance to advance to the Brazilian city, with Asemani previously identified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as one of three potential Olympic athletes among the thousands of refugees worldwide.

Asemani, a former member of the Iran team who now resides in Belgium, triumphed in the women's under 57kg category.

With two quota places up for grabs in every weight class, her 1-0 semi-final victory over Norway's Marie Magnus was enough to secure her qualification but she went one better by also winning the final, 7-4 over Finland's Suvi Mikkonen, who has also qualified for Rio.

Former Asian Games silver medallist Asemani could now be set to compete in Rio under the flag of the IOC, with deputy director general Pere Miró pledging that the body would do “everything they can" to help refugee athletes reach the top of their game.

Mahama Cho qualified for Great Britain
Mahama Cho qualified for Great Britain ©Getty Images

Meanwhile, Great Britain qualified a fourth taekwondo player for Rio as Mahama Cho ended the hopes of London 2012 gold medallist Carlo Molfetta.

Cho racked up a 11-2 victory in his semi-final with the Italian to bring Britain's Olympic taekwondo squad up to the maximum number of four.

Jade Jones, the women's 57kg champion in London, had already qualified for Rio, as had compatriots Bianca Walkden and Lutalo Muhammad.

After dethroning Molfetta, Cho went on to win his final against Arman-Marshall Silla, but the defeated Belorussian has also earned a Rio berth.

Meanwhile, there was also joy in the men's under 80kg category for Azerbaijan's Milad Beigi, who claimed a final win over Poland's Piotr Paziński with both men celebrating an Olympic quota.

Azerbaijan racked up another success at the WOW Convention Center, their third of the event in total, as Patimat Abakarova qualified in the women's under 49g class with a final win over also Rio bound Tijana Bogdanović of Serbia.

Farida Azizova had recorded Azerbaijan's first success yesterday in the under 67kg discipline.