Kosovo won its first medal at a major games when Nora Gjakova earned bronze in women\’s judo at the European Games on Thursday.
Kosovo became a full member of the International Olympic Committee only in December, allowing it to send athletes to the Olympics and the inaugural European Games.
Before then, Kosovar athletes were unable to compete under their own flag, and many opted to represent other countries.
The 22-year-old Gjakova defeated Sanne Verhagen of the Netherlands in their bronze-medal match in the 57-kilogram category, becoming the first member of Kosovo\’s 19-strong team to reach the podium.
Kosovo has only partial recognition as an independent country. Serbia claims it as part of its territory.