A Chinese national Yang Qian has bagged the first gold medal of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 10-meter rifle competition on Saturday.
The silver medal went to Russian shooter Anastasiia Galashina and the bronze medal went to Switzerland’s Nina Christen.
Qian’s score of 251.8 set an Olympics record. Galashina scored 251.1, while Christen registered a 230.6 mark.
Mary Carolynn Tucker scored a 166.0 and finished sixth, making her the highest-ranking American in the event.
The air rifle is one of three shooting events at the Olympics, along with pistol and shotgun.
Rifle and pistol involves competitors shooting at a stationary target, while shotgun requires them to fire at moving targets.
There are two rifle distances: 10 meters and 50 meters, with the latter requiring shooters to fire from three different positions: standing, kneeling and lying prone.
At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, American Virginia Thrasher won gold, while Chinese competitors Du Li and Yi Siling took silver and bronze, respectively.