American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, holding her nerve against two Chinese Olympic champions to clinch the women's 10m air rifle event. The teenager from Springfield, Virginia, defeated Du Li and Yi Siling with a total score of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals.
Thrasher, who wanted to become an Olympic figure skater when she was a kid, fired her first gun just five years ago during a hunting excursion with her grandfather.
Thrasher was awarded the first gold of the Games by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. Competing in her first Olympics, Thrasher established an early lead after battling with the Russian shooter Daria Vdovina, who stumbled midway through the competition and finished fifth.