American teen Ginny Thrasher wins first Olympic gold in Rio


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 06: (L-R) Li Du of China with silver, Virginia Thrasher of the United States with gold and Siling Yi of China with bronze pose on the podium following the Women’s 10m Air Rifle on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Shooting Centre on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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The first gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has gone to an American teenager.

Ginny Thrasher, a 19-year-old West Virginia University sophomore, won the women’s 10-meter air rifle event on Saturday morning at the Olympic Shooting Center in Deodoro, Brazil, edging out silver medalist Du Li of China.

Thrasher’s score of 208 set a record for a final round in an Olympics. She was one point ahead of Du Li, who won a gold medal in 2004.

China’s Yi Siling took the bronze with a score of 185.4.

It’s been remarkable year of success for Thrasher, who won the NCAA’s air rifle title as a freshman in March as a member of WVU’s rifle team.

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