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American teenager Thrasher wins first gold medal at Rio 2016

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.

 

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