Sports Rio Olympics 2016: US Teenager, Ginny Thrasher Wins First Gold

America’s Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympic Games with a surprise victory in the women’s 10m 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.

Photo source: Reuters

Jen McIntosh secured the best-ever finish for a British woman – 15th out of 51 in the qualification round.

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.

She will return to compete in her favoured 50m rifle three positions event on Thursday.

Source: BBC
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