First gold medal in Rio 2016 Olympics goes to Virginia Thrasher

Virginia Thrasher of the United States won first gold medal in the women’s 10 meters rifle event at Rio 2016 Olympics with a score of 208.0. She is merely 19 years old. Du Li of China bagged the silver medal with a score of 207.0. Thrasher shot 10.5 on her first shot of the final elimination round and smiled after 10.4 on her second shot put her comfortably ahead of Du. Thrasher had a cumulative score of 208.0 to beat Du, a two-time gold medallist, by a point.

  1. Thrasher held her nerve to see off China’s Du Li on the final shot
  2. She finished with 208 points, one clear of 2004 Athens champion Du
  3. The bronze medal went to China’s defending champion Yi Siling

Earlier this year, Thrasher became the first freshman to win both individual NCAA rifle titles and helped West Virginia win the team title. She followed that by winning the US Olympic trials less than a month later, earning a trip to Rio.


Virginia Thrasher, center, of the United States holds her gold medal for the Women’s 10m Air Rifle competition during the award ceremony with the runner-up Du li, left, of China and third place Yi Siling, right, of China at the Olympic Shooting Center on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.

About Thrasher

  • Virginia Thrasher (born February 28, 1997) is an American sports shooter who won a gold medal in the women’s 10 meter air rifle at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • She won the first gold medal awarded at the 2016 Olympics.
  • Before the 2016 Olympics, Thrasher was a figure skater. She switched sports five years ago after going hunting with her family.

Thrasher stood her ground against the two Chinese shooters in the medal eliminations, hitting nothing lower than 10.4. Yi went out after a 9.8 on her final shot to earn bronze and Thrasher finished with a cumulative score of 208.0 to beat Li by a point in front of a rowdy crowd.

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