• Kelmendi brings ‘poor’ Kosovo gold at first Games


    RIO DE JANEIRO: Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo’s first ever Olympic gold medal at its maiden Games on Sunday (Monday in Manila) and the judoka will be thanked for a very long time for helping put her country’s name on the international map. The 25-year-old sank to her knees in tears after beating Italy’s Odette Giuffrida by yuko in the women’s 52kg final. “I have always wanted to show the world that Kosovo is not just a country that has gone through war,” she said with the Kosovo flag draped around her shoulders. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 — whose forces fought to stop breakaway rebels in 1998-99 — and has since had its own scrap for recognition.



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