Tokyo 2020: China's Yang Qian wins opening gold medal of Olympics

Games underway and the first winner is crowned

China's Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in the women's 10-metre rifle competition.

The silver went to Russian shooter Anastasiia Galashina and the bronze medal to Switzerland's Nina Christen.

Galashina led the race for the gold in the final until she cracked under pressure and signed off with her lowest score of 8.9 for a total of 251.1.

Yang responded to the pressure by firing 9.8 to snatch the gold with an Olympic record of 251.8.

Norwegian Jeanette Hegg Duestad had set an Olympic qualifying record of 632.9 to reach the final but finished just outside the medals.

Updated: July 24th 2021, 4:17 AM
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