Kosovo is sending eight athletes to its first Olympics

Kosovo is sending eight athletes to its first Olympics

In Rio, Kosovo flag will fly at the Olympic Games for the first time. And it will be carried by an athlete who is a strong favourite for a gold medal in her event.

Majlinda Kelmendi is a double world champion judo player – rated as the best in any weight category in 2014 – and has just reclaimed her European title, after injuries prevented her from competing for much of 2015.

“It was a hard year, but I came back good,” she says after a training session at the spartan Ippon dojo in the hills above her home town, Pec (known as Peja among the ethnic-Albanian residents).

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