San Marino is certainly one of the smaller countries that sends athletes to the Olympics. On Thursday, the small European country had their moment in the sun at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Shooter Alessandra Perilli won a bronze medal in the women's trap event and in the process became the first San Marino Olympic athlete to ever medal. With her win, San Marino is now the smallest country to medal at any Olympics. The tiny country, which is technically a microstate that is surrounded by Italy, has a population of 34,000 people and Perilli was one of just five athletes representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics.
At the 2012 Games, Perilli became the first San Marino native in any sport to finish in fourth place or higher in an Olympic event. That year, she placed fourth in the trap event. She was set on not finishing in fourth again.
"During the final, when the fifth shooter went out, I thought, I don't want to be one more time in fourth place, so I have to make it," Perilli said following her third place finish at the 2020 Tokyo Games, according to CNN. "This is the first medal for me and for my country. We are a small country but very proud."
Slovakia's Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova hit an Olympic record 43 of 50 targets en route to winning the gold medal. In addition, American shooter Kayle Browning took home the silver medal in the event.