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San Marino knocks Bermuda off its perch

Bronze medallist Alessandra Perilli, of San Marino, celebrates after the women's trap at the Asaka Shooting Range in the 2020 Summer Olympics on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bermuda’s new prominence as the smallest country to win an Olympic medal in the Summer Games last just two days after Flora Duffy won the gold medal in the triathlon.

But the island’s claim to be the smallest country by population to win a gold medal may last a little longer.

San Marino became the least populated country to win an Olympic medal at the Summer or Winter Games on Thursday when Alessandra Perilli clinched bronze in the women’s trap shooting, becoming the first person to win an Olympic medal for the city state of around 34,000 inhabitants.

Reuters said San Marino replaced Bermuda as the record holder, two days after Flora Duffy won the island nation’s second medal, but first gold, in the women’s triathlon. Clarence Hill won Bermuda’s first medal - a bronze - in boxing in 1976.

The tiny nation based in northern Italy also became the least populous country to win a medal in the summer or winter games, a record previously held by Liechtenstein, who have won ten Winter Olympics medals.

Perilli said: “This is the first medal for me and for my country. We are a small country but very proud.”

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Published July 31, 2021 at 7:57 am (Updated July 31, 2021 at 7:57 am)

San Marino knocks Bermuda off its perch

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