24th July, 2021
China’s Qian Yang has won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event on Saturday morning.
The 21-year-old student, already an Asian Games champion, prevailed in the final with an Olympic record score of 251.8.
Russian Anastasiia Galashina, competing as a neutral athlete given her country’s doping ban, came second on 251.1.
Switzerland’s Nina Christen won the bronze medal with 230.6.
“It’s unbelievable that I can be here,” said a delighted Yang, who did not initially realise she had won.
“I was really nervous. The competition was really tight, but I’m so happy that I could win.
“I didn’t care so much about the points. I just wanted to fix myself and fix my mood during the competition.”