The first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games was awarded to Qian Yang of China in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event on Saturday morning.

The 21-year-old student, already an Asian Games champion, prevailed in the final with an Olympic record score of 251.8.

Russian Anastasiia Galashina, competing as a neutral athlete given her country’s doping ban, came second on 251.1 while Switzerland’s Nina Christen won the bronze medal with 230.6.

“It’s unbelievable that I can be here,” said a delighted Yang, who did not initially realise she had won. “I was really nervous. The competition was really tight, but I’m so happy that I could win.

“I didn’t care so much about the points. I just wanted to fix myself and fix my mood during the competition.”(dpa/NAN)

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