China's Qian Yang wins first Tokyo Olympics gold medal

Qian Yang of China wins Olympic gold in shooting

Qian Yang of China wins Olympic gold in shooting

Qian Yang of China wins Olympic gold in shooting

Agency Report

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.

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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.”