Majlinda Kelmendi returned home to Kosovo a new national hero after winning her nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal.
The 25-year old, who turned down several offers of a nationality switch to compete under the Kosovo flag, won gold in the women’s judo -52 kilo category.
The double world and European champion hopes that her Olympic success will have a knock on effect and help inspire the next generation of athletes from her country.
She said: “So I am very happy not just for myself, all this work and sacrifice has been done for my country, Kosovo. For my people and especially to inspire and motivate all the young people of Kosovo.”