Chinese shooter bags first gold of Tokyo Olympics


Indian shooters Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela failed to qualify for the finals of the women's 10m air rifle event.

Photo: AP

Tokyo: Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, a year after the event was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yang won the women's 10m air rifle with an Olympic record score of 251.8, ahead of Russian Anastasiia Galashina on 251.1 and Switzerland's Nina Christen on 230.6.

Indian shooters Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela earlier failed to qualify for the finals of the women's 10m air rifle event here on Saturday.

Making her Olympic debut, world number one Elavenil finished 16th in the qualifications after shooting 626.5 over six series of 10 shots each, while the more experienced Apurvi, who is also the finals world record holder in the event, settled for the 36th place after aggregating 621.9 at the Asaka Range.

AFP

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