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Teen shooter wins USA’s first gold medal of Games

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RIO DE JANEIRO — American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.

Virginia Thrasher – Medals Won, Rio 2016 Events

Virginia Thrasher

 Country: United States22
Age: 19
Weight: 119 lbs
Height: 5′ 1″
Discipline: Shooting
2016 Rio Olympic Events: 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women’s Shooting and 10m Air Rifle Women’s Shooting
Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.
Yi Siling of China took bronze as the first medals in Rio were awarded.
Teen shooter wins USA’s first gold medal of Games
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Thrasher is an NCAA champion at West Virginia competing in her first Olympics. She wasn't the favorite coming in as Du won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Andrea Arsovic of Serbia is ranked No. 1 in the world and failed to advance to the final. 

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