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Kosovo's Prime Minister Praises Winner Of Country's First Olympic Gold

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa has lavished praise on judo champion Majlinda Kelmendi as Kosovo celebrated a first Olympic gold medal.

"What many countries failed to achieve in decades ... our beloved Kosovo, with its brilliant heroine, Majlinda Kelmendi, did at their first Olympiad," Mustafa said on his Facebook page on August 8.

Kelmendi, 25, beat Italy's Odette Giuffrida in the final of the 52-kilo category on August 7 in Rio de Janeiro.

The nation is making its Olympic debut in Brazil eight years after its independence from Serbia, and after its Olympic Committee was recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 2014.

Based on reporting by dpa