First gold medal in Rio Olympics is won by U.S shooter ‘Virginia Thrasher’

RIO DE JANEIRO — American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an disappointed inside the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.


Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the very last round with a complete of 208.0, putting an Olympic file in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.

Yi Siling of China took bronze because the first medals in Rio were presented.

Thrasher is an NCAA champion at West Virginia competing in her first Olympics. She wasn’t the favorite coming in as Du won gold on the 2004 Athens Olympics. Andrea Arsovic of Serbia is ranked No. 1 inside the international and did not increase to the final. Yi received Olympic gold within the 2012 London video games.

American Sarah Scherer was eighth.

The gold is the 0.33 gained by the us in girls’s air rifle, the primary in view that Nancy Napolski-Johnson gained in 2000.

Thrasher, who was on her high faculty rifle team, may even compete within the 3-role event Aug. 11. Getting into the Olympics, her pleasant end at a international Cup became fourth in Munich this year.

American shooter Virginia Thrasher has received the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, taking pictures the girls’s 10-meter air rifle.

The 19-year-old capped a robust 12 months. She have become the primary freshman to win each person NCAA rifle titles and helped West Virginia win the group name. She observed that by winning the U.S. Olympic trials much less than a month later, earning a experience to Rio.

Once in Rio, she failed to draw back at the highlight — or an air horn.

Thrasher become sixth inside the qualification spherical Saturday and shot a great 10.9 on her beginning shot within the finals. She stayed inside the top spot as her competitors fell off within the new-to-the-Olympics removal finals, continually hitting 10s notwithstanding a fan blowing an air horn at random instances.

Thrasher had a cumulative score of 208.Zero to conquer Du Li of China by way of a factor. Defending gold medalist Yi Siling of China earned the bronze.

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