As the Tokyo Olympics festival is getting intensified with furious contests between the athletes across all the sports, the first Gold Medal is given on Saturday and it was awarded to Chinese athlete Qian Yang. With the medal, China has become the first country to open its account in the medals tally in Tokyo Olympics.
21-year-old Qian Yang has won the Gold Medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle competition in which India's Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela had failed to qualify to the finals. Yang had narrowly defeated Russia's Galashina Anastasiia and set an Olympic record. While Anastasiia had won the Silver medal, Switzerland's shooter Nina Christen had won the Bronze medal.
The competition was fierce between the young talents. The 50 women qualifying round was held at the Asaka Shooting Range and the top eight shooters of the qualification round had entered the finals. While India's Valarivan and Chandela had failed to qualify by securing the 16th and 36th rank respectively, Norway's Jeanette Hegg Duestad had topped the qualification round while Russia's Anastasiia stood at the eighth spot in the list of top eight shooters who entered the finals.
The finals were held hours after the qualification round and while it was expected that Norway's Duestad would bag the gold medal after she created an Olympic record at the qualification round, she had braced up the disappointment in the finals and she had finished fourth. China's Qian Yang had won the first Gold Medal in the Tokyo Olympics and the Chinese media and people are celebrating the news with the hope that the contingent would build momentum and keep the winning campaign go on.
Yang held up the medal and a small bouquet of flowers after a remarkable triumph. The medals were passed to the winners on a tray due to the Covid-19 protocols and the athletes should wear the respective medals around their necks. Typically, a dignitary would put the medals on the winners. Russia's Anastasiia was too close to the Gold Medal in the competition and she had held a lead of 0.2 points of Qian Yang.
However, Anastasiia's shot off the target had cost her a Gold medal. The Russian shooter had fired her last shot and missed the centre of the target, scoring just 8.9 points. It has become the worst score of the entire eight-woman finals. China's Yang had scored 9.8 in her last shot and though it was her lowest score in the competition, she had comfortably surpassed Anastasiia and won the Gold Medal.