Team USA’s Ginny Thrasher has brought home the first gold medal of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The 19-year-old shooter from Springfield, Virginia, scored 208.0 in the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition on Saturday, leaving China’s 2006 world champion Du Li with the silver medal. Du’s teammate, Yi Siling, took home the bronze.
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Thrasher scored 10.5 on her first shot of the final elimination round and 10.4 on her second, which put her comfortably ahead of Du, a two-time gold medalist.
As a student at West Virginia University, Thrasher became the first freshman rifle shooter to win both individual NCAA titles and to earn a spot in the Rio Games less than a month later.