An American teenager with a gun has won the first gold medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
19-year old Virginia native, Ginny Thrasher, has won the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning at the Olympic Shooting Center in Deodoro, Brazil with a record breaking score of 208.
Thrasher defeated China’s silver medalist Du Li, who won gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Bejing Olympics, China’s Yi Siling who won the gold in the 2012 London Games and Andrea Arsovic of Serbia, who was ranked as the number one shooter in the world.
“I think I knew it was realistic for me to make finals, but I was not focused on that,” Thrasher said to USA Today. “I was focusing on just shooting the best that I could, and that got me there.”
Thrasher, according to The Washington Post, fired her first gun five years ago when she went hunting with her grandfather and earlier this year became the first freshman to win both NCAA individual air rifle titles as well as helping West Virginia capture its fourth straight national title.
Now, she can add Olympic gold medalist to her LinkedIn.
Thrasher defeated her veteran opponent Du in the finals by what could be considered a wide margin in one of the Games’ most precise sports by a complete point with a score of 208.0 to Du’s score of 207.0
Yi finished in third place with a score of 185.4
“This is very special for me. For me to start out Rio 2016 with a gold medal for the U.S.A. makes me incredibly proud,” Thrasher said in a news conference after the game. “I’m happy to positively represent my country.”
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