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1ST LEAD American shooter Thrasher wins first gold medal of Rio Games By John Bagratuni, dpa

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - American teenager Virginia Thrasher on Saturday kept her cool to win the first gold medal on offer at the Rio Olympics, in women‘s 10m air rifle shooting.

Thrasher, 19, took the lead halfway through the final and never looked back as she finished with a total score of 208.0 points.

The 2004 winner Du Li of China took silver with 207.0 points and thge bronze also went to China, with the 2012 winner Yi Siling carding 185.4 points.

Thrasher follows a proud tradition for American shooters who are the most successful Olympic nation in the sport. She grew up as a figure skater but then started shooting as she entered high school.

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