San Marino is officially the smallest country ever to win an Olympic medal as Alessandra Perilli won bronze in the women's trap-shooting event.
San Marino is a microstate and is surrounded by Italy. The population sits at just 33,860 people and the country has never before earned a medal at the Olympics, despite their twenty-three appearances at the Games in previous years.
Just to get an idea of how small San Marino really is, at its widest point, crossing the whole country takes twenty-five minutes by car.
The thirty-three-year-old athlete scored twenty-nine points in the final, which was just fourteen behind Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova of Slovakia who took gold, and 3 points ahead of the Australian Laetisha Scanlan, who placed fourth. Kayle Browning of the U.S. won the silver.
A historical moment!
San Marino win their first ever Olympic medal as Alessandra Perilli secures bronze in the #Shooting trap women's final.@ISSF_Shooting @nocsanmarino #SMR pic.twitter.com/4js8ycGj9h
— Olympics (@Olympics) July 29, 2021
And people have been spreading a lot of love for her win online...
One Twitter user wrote: "Love your country. Enjoyed my time there so much. Absolutely amazing medal. Congratulations San Marino and Alessandra!!"
White another commented: "Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations for first Olympic medal ever. What a historic moment for their country."
"Congratulations to Alessandra Perilli and San Marino! This is what happens when you don't quit." A third wrote, which is seemingly a dig at gymnast Simone Biles who pulled out of the competition on Tuesday.
Perilli's win will be a huge relief as she just missed the chance at 3rd back in the 2012 London Games. Competing in her first Olympics, she tied in a three-way for second place but later missed the opportunity to grab the medal, coming in at fourth.
Perilli came to Tokyo after the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro didn't go quite as planned, and this time she blew it out of the water. She has made history, making her country the smallest nation to win an Olympic medal.
Alessandra Perilli🇸🇲 has won #bronze in #Shooting - Women's Trap final at #Tokyo2020
This is the first #Olympics medal in history for San Marino!
With a population of around 34,000, #SMR is also the smallest country in history to win an @Olympics medal! #UnitedByEmotion pic.twitter.com/Sk56uSSyLB
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 29, 2021
However, San Marino isn't the first country to make history in Tokyo...
Flora Duffy from Bermuda won gold in the women's triathlon, making her nation the smallest by land size to win gold.
Bermuda is now the smallest territory by size to win gold at the games. The population is 63,000, which is just slightly more than Liechtenstein, which has just 40,000 citizens.
And if you can't quite grasp what that looks like, Bermuda's 63,000 population couldn't even fill the Tokyo Olympic stadium, which can seat 68,000 fans! Now that's a lot of seats.
"I think the whole [of] Bermuda is going crazy, that's what makes it so special.
"Yes, this was my dream, but I also knew it was bigger than me," said Duffy.
Duffy was congratulated by the Premier of Bermuda David Burt who said on Twitter that she made the "entire island proud!"