Teenshooter Ginny Thrasher wins USA’s first gold medal of Rio Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO — American shooterGinny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling offan upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.
Thrasher, 19, beatsilver medalist DuLi of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting anOlympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.
Yi Siling of China tookbronze as the first medals in Rio were awarded.
Thrasher wasn’t one of thefavorites to win a medal coming into the Olympics.
“I think I knew it wasrealistic for me to make finals, but I was not focused on that,” shesaid. “I was focusing on just shooting the best that I could, andthat got me there.”
She is an NCAAchampion at West Virginia competing in her first Olympics. TheAmerican was up against a deep field that included Du, who won gold atthe 2004 Athens Olympics, and Andrea Arsovic of Serbia, who is rankedNo. 1 in the world and failed to advance to the final. Yi won Olympic gold inthe 2012 London Games
I enjoy the Olympics and being a big completion shooter for many years ,I enjoy seeing who wins.
For all who represent their various countries I say thank you big time .
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I appreciate all those who practiced to Represent Canada and others who practiced to Represent their Country at the Olympic Games .
I am glad for those who got to represent Canada and Glad for those who won a metal .
To me They are all winners and I respect and appreciate what they all have gone through.
A big thanks to all. I appreciate the effort they have put forth.