A microstate so small it takes just 25 minutes to drive across became the smallest nation ever to win an Olympic medal

Published Jul 29 2021 at 9:15 AM GMT
  • San Marino just became the smallest country to win a medal in the history of the Olympics as Alessandra Perilli took bronze in the women's trap shooting event.
  • The microstate, which is surrounded on all sides by Italy, has a population of just 33,860 and had never earned a medal in any of its previous 23 Olympic appearances.
  • San Marino is so small that at its widest point, crossing the whole country by car takes only 25 minutes.
  • 33-year-old shooter Perilli scored 29 points in the final, 14 behind winner Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova of Slovakia who set an Olympic record on her way to gold, and just three points ahead of fourth place Australian Laetisha Scanlan.
  • 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 " The medal will taste extra sweet for Perilli who came so close to the same feat at London 2012.



  • Published Jul 29, 2021 9:15 AM GMT