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The first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics goes to Qian Yang of China, after the 21-year-old won the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition.
Yang narrowly edged out Russian Anastasiia Galashina to set an Olympic record. The bronze medal went to the Swiss shooter Nina Christen.
Yang gleefully held up his medal during the ceremony, along with a small bouquet of flowers. Due to coronavirus protocols, the medals were passed to the winners on a tray and placed around their own necks. Usually a dignitary would award the medals to the winners.
Mary Tucker from the USA Take 6th place in the competition. The field was fairly open, and none of the medalists in this Rio 2016 Games event competed.
It was a disappointing day for the competitor from Norway. Jeanette Hegg broke an Olympic record during the qualifying round, but ultimately finished fourth.
In the event, shooters stand 10 meters (nearly 33 feet) from a stationary target and fire with an air rifle. In other shooting events, competitors use different types of firearms, firing from positions including kneeling or lying on the ground, shooting at targets from different distances, or aiming at moving targets.