US shooter Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal at Rio Olympics in the women’s 10 meters rifle event while Chinese Du Li bagged the silver medal. Their scores were 208.0 and 207.0 respectively.
The 19-year old American held her nerve in the neck to neck contest against Du and managed to edge
her Chinese opponent to clinch the medal. The result gave the Rio Olympics 2016 its first gold medallist.
The third spot and the bronze medal was bagged by another Chinese Yi Siling, who finished with a score of 185.4.
Thrasher with her score set a new Olympic record beating Athens 2004 Olympics’ gold medallist Li Jie of China. Thrasher received her gold medal from the president of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach.
Russia’s Daria Vdovina, who finished fifth, began the competition well but lost track midway and missed the opportunity of finishing on the podium.