Women’s 10m air rifle finalist YANG Qian of the People’s Republic of China kept her cool and secured the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
A. Galashina Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
The ROC competitor Anastasiia Galashina missed the centre two rings on her final shot, giving the win to the 21-year-old.
Yang set a new Olympic record with a final score of 9.8, bringing her total score to 251.8. Galashina came in second, with a score of 251.1. The third place medalist was the Swiss athlete Nina Christen.
Yang was presented with her gold medal by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, making her the first Olympian of the 2020 Games.
Amazingly, I am able to be here. I was shaking with fear. “The competition was really fierce, but I’m overjoyed to have won the first gold medal for China at the Games,” Yang said.
Thank you for giving this golden medal to my country; it means a lot to me. That’s why I’m so incredibly proud.
A. Galashina was Able to Accomplish her Goal, But Only by Keeping her Cool.
I just tried to be myself and keep my emotions in check, and I didn’t give much thought to anything throughout the match since I was so anxious and my heart was racing. The gunman then urged the target, “Just be yourself,” to avoid any further trouble.
To be honest, I wasn’t very concerned with my score. During the competition, all I wanted to do was feel better about myself.
Not a single one of the gold medalists from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio competed at this year’s Tokyo Games.
Yang and Galashina were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the qualification round, while Olympic record holder Jeanette Hegg Duestad of Norway led the route into the final. As she came in fourth, she was disqualified from medal contention.
“I am quite pleased with my performance today,” Duestad stated. That’s very close, and I did exceptionally well on the qualification.
“I only shoot tens all day, so I don’t believe I could do much different, and it’s good scores in there, so I’m delighted with my performance.”