Skiurlaub- günstig mit FeWo-direkt
Center Parcs - der Familienkurzurlaub im Internet!


ITS | Jahn | Tjaereborg


     
Hotelsuche in 
 

3RD LEAD Shooters Thrasher, Hoang hit gold and Olympic firsts By John Bagratuni, dpa

Europe
Von unserem dpa-Korrespondenten und Europe Online   auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - American teenager Virginia Thrasher became the first gold medallist at the Rio Games and Hoang Xuan Vihn made history as Vietnam‘s first Olympic champion on an eventful Saturday on the shooting range.

Thrasher, 19, took the lead halfway through the nine-round final of the women‘s 10-metre air rifle and never looked back as she finished with a total score of 208.0 points.

"I‘m so happy to start off Rio 2016 with a gold medal for my country," she said.

The 2004 winner Du Li of China came out of retirement to take silver with 207.0 points. The bronze also went to China, with the 2012 winner Yi Siling carding 185.4 points.

Hoang meanwhile snatched the gold from Brazilian home team athlete Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of the men‘s 10m air pistol, taking the gold by four tenth of a point with 202.5 points to Wu‘s 202.1. China‘s Pang Wei earned bronze.

Until Saturday, Vietnam had won two silver medals at previous Olympics.

"Making this gold medal is a life memory, I will never forget this. Because [it is the] first time making a gold medal for Vietnam."

"The Brazilian shooter was very fast and stronger, but I thought only: ‘try try try‘. On the last shot I didn‘t think gold or silver. I thought only: try."

Thrasher, who dreamt of competing in winter Olympics figure skating when she was young, follows a proud tradition for American shooters who are the most successful Olympic nation in the sport.

"For me, it has been a whirlwind of a summer. I have been travelling internationally the entire summer, and this is just the icing on the cake."

Having moved house nine times because her father is in the US air force, she was able to cope with this well.

In 2016, Thrasher became the first freshman, with West Virginia University, to win both NCAA rifle titles, and she was named rookie of the year by the American rifle conference. She then won the Olympic trials to book the ticket to Rio.

On Saturday, she qualified for the eight-strong final in sixth place, and left her Chinese rivals behind. Her lead was as big as 1.2 points, and she cruised home in the ninth and final round - beaming even before Du had fired her final shot, and then receiving the gold from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

"I think when I took the lead in the final I kind of realised that this is a possibility. But I quickly refocused back on the shooting," Thrasher said.

Others were not so lucky, with world number one Andrea Arsovic of Serbia and reigning world champion Petra Zublasing of Italy not surviving the qualifying round.

In the final, each athlete had three shots in each of the first two rounds, and then two shots in additional eliminating rounds until Thrasher and Du were left in the ninth and final round.

Facts
 

 

Kommentare zu diesem Artikel
 
Neuer Kommentar
Name *
Email * (wird nicht öffentlich angezeigt)
Kommentar
* Pflichtangaben
 
Diesen Artikel empfehlen

Absender Empfänger Nachricht (optional)
Name
E-Mail

Name
E-Mail
   
 
 
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Reiseportal
 
REISEPORTAL
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - The International Olympic Committee advanced plans on Thursday to set up an independent anti-doping testing system following the drugs scandal in Russian sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is also set to
Berlin (dpa) - Medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be made from recycled material as local organizers called on the Japanese population to donate "discarded or obsolete electronic devices" for the purpose."The organizing committee aims to
The Olympic spirit is perhaps best in evidence when, for a brief, shining and historical moment, an outsider from a small nation grabs the glory with their first-ever medal.Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Tears of joy, being overcome by emotion, instant fame,
Budapest (dpa) - Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban, currently attending the Rio Olympics, put in a word for Budapest‘s bid to host the 2024 summer games, promising a compact venue that would make "one large Olympic park" of Hungary‘s capital
Berlin (dpa) - Former German national trainer Juergen Klinsmann called Olympic trainer Horst Hrubesch‘s work with his young football team "totally outstanding" as Germany heads into a gold medal final against hosts Brazil on Saturday.In remarks
Thiago Braz da Silva won an improbable Olympic pole vault gold ahead of French top favourite Renaud Lavillenie, who is furious about the behaviour of the noisy crowd.Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Thiago Braz da Silva stunned French top favourite Renaud
 
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Nachrichtenportal
 
NACHRICHTEN
Rome (dpa) - An Italian police commissioner on Thursday granted a humanitarian residency permit to a Nigerian asylum seeker after he barely survived a racially motivated attack.The 25-year-old victim was standing outside a supermarket in the seaside
Washington (dpa) - A US citizen celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary on a European vacation with his wife is among the dead in the London terrorist attack, their family said in a statement Thursday.Kurt Cochran and his wife, Melissa, from the
Istanbul (dpa) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Bulgaria of putting pressure on its ethnic Turks ahead of this weekend‘s Bulgarian elections, as relations between Ankara and European nations show no signs of
London (dpa) - British-born Khalid Masood, 52, is the man authorities believe carried out terrorist attack in London, the Metropolitan Police said Thursday.Masood used several aliases and most recently lived in the city of Birmingham in the West
London (dpa) - Police say British-born Khalid Masood, 52, is the man believed to be responsible for the terrorist attack in London.
Istanbul (dpa) - Syria‘s opposition delegates at the Geneva peace talks have been receiving help from the German government, according to sources at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin.Germany continues to lend its logistical and organizational
Wetter

Valletta


(23.03.2017 19:10)

13 / 17 °C


24.03.2017
14 / 17 °C
25.03.2017
14 / 18 °C
powered by wetter.com
Stock News

Ecken
LÄNDER
STÄDTE
EUROPA-TOUREN
banner

banner

banner

banner

© europe online publishing house GmbH, Weiden, Germany, info@europeonline-magazine.eu | Impressum