Mon, September 23, 2013

First gold medal goes to China's Yi Siling

By Sports Network


China's Yi Siling celebrates with her gold medal after winning the women's 10-metre air rifle competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich in London, England, July 28, 2012. (EDDIE KEOGH/Reuters)

LONDON - Yi Siling claimed the first gold medal of the London Games for China, winning the women's 10-meter air rifle competition with a score of 502.9.

Yi, who is competing at her first Olympics, was the clear favorite in this event and she bested Poland's Sylwia Bogacka for gold. Bogacka won her first Olympic medal by posting a score of 502.2.

"I have been up since five this morning. There was a lot of pressure on me" said Yi. "I was quite nervous and I just focused on the competition."

The bronze medal also went to China as Yu Dan finished third with a score of 501.5.

Czech Republic's Katerina Emmons, who won gold in this event four years ago in Beijing, finished fourth, while Jamie Lynn Gray of the United States placed fifth. Emmons is the wife of American shooter Matt Emmons.

Sarah Scherer of the U.S. finished in seventh place.