On Sunday, Majlinda Kelmendi made history in Rio de Janiero becoming the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic medal, and that too a Gomd Medal.
The 25-year-old Majlinda Kelmendi, defeated Italy’s Odette Giuffrida in the final of the women’s 52 kg event of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Italy’s Odette Giuffrida won the silver medal while bronze medals were won by Misato Nakamura of Japan and Natalia Kuziutina of Russia who defeated Érika Miranda of Brazil and Ma Yingnan of China in their respective bronze medal matches.
Majlinda Kelmendi represented Albania in 2012 but failed to win a medal.
This is the first Olympics at which athletes can compete under the flag of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008.
Kelmendi, who was her nation’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony on Friday, says the victory is “huge” not only for her, but for Kosovo as a whole.