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Chinese shooter wins first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics

China's Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics. Source: Reuters.

TOKYO: China’s Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition on Saturday.

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.

Meanwhile, Olympics organisers said on Saturday that one more athlete at the Tokyo Games had tested positive for COVID-19. Olympics-related cases rose by 17, organisers said, bringing the total number of disclosed cases to 123.

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