First gold at Tokyo Olympics awarded to Chinese shooter Yang Qian

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Yang Qian of China celebrates after winning the first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the women's 10-meter air rifle final in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2021. /CFP
Yang Qian of China celebrates after winning the first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10-meter air rifle final in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2021. /CFP

The first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics was awarded to China’s Yang Qian, who won the women’s 10-meter air rifle final on Saturday.

Competing at a steady pace, the 21-year-old Chinese, who made her Olympic Games debut at Tokyo, claimed Team China’s first gold medal at Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo.

Anastasiia Galashina of the Russian Olympic Committee and Nina Christen of Switzerland took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The competition and award ceremony were held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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