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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thrasher Wins First Gold Medal of 2016 Olympic Games

Virginian Ginny Thrasher set an Olympic record and upset Chinese shooter Du Li to take home the first Gold Medal awarded in the 2016 Olympic Games.  From USA Today:
Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.

Yi Siling of China took bronze as the first medals in Rio were awarded.

Thrasher wasn't one of the favorites to win a medal coming into the Olympics.
The final shots of the medal round for NBC Sports:
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And talking about winning the medal:
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Thrasher is a product of  the air rifle program at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County and Arlington-Fairfax IWLA (a VSSA affiliated club).  She will compete again on August 11 in three position.

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