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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