America’s Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games with a surprise victory in the women’s 10 meter air rifle.
The 19-year-old secured her first major international victory, scoring 208.0 to leave China’s 2006 world champion Du Li with silver. Du’s compatriot Yi Siling, the defending champion, took bronze.
The five-time Commonwealth medallist overcame a rifle malfunction to produce a strong finish and was just 1.2 points from securing a place in the final.
Thrasher has only been shooting for five years, after she asked her Father to take her deer hunting. She was also N.C.A.A champion as a freshman and surprisingly qualified for the U.S team at the Olympic Trials.
She will return to compete in her favoured 50meter rifle three positions event on Thursday.