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Judo - Kelmendi assured of becoming first Kosovo medallist
August 7, 2016 / 7:41 PM / a year ago

Judo - Kelmendi assured of becoming first Kosovo medallist

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Majlinda Kelmendi has advanced to the women’s judo final at the Rio Games on Sunday, guaranteed of at least a silver medal and becoming the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic medal.

2016 Rio Olympics - Judo - Final - Women -52 kg Final - Gold Medal Contest - Carioca Arena 2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 07/08/2016. Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) of Kosovo celebrates. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

In the -52kg weight category, Kelmendi edged out Japan’s Misato Nakamura in the semi-final on a single penalty. She next faces Odette Giuffrida of Italy in the battle for gold.

Rio marks the first Olympics at which athletes are competing under the flag of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008 and which was accepted as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2014.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Alison Williams

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