Virginia Thrasher – first gold medal winner of USA

Virginia Thrasher – first gold medal winner of USA

Image Courtesy – NBC News

Virginia Thrasher of the U.S. won the women’s’ 10m air rifle gold award as she vanquished China’s Du Li with a last round aggregate of 208.0 on Saturday morning. This was the main gold award gave out at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This is virtually the first gold medal for the strong fight of USA Team in the Rio Olympics 2016.

Virginia Thrasher was a ‘surprise winner’ as she was not counted to be a medal winner in spite of being the NCAA champion from West Virginia. The NCAA national champion of 19 years stepped into the medal event of 2016 Rio Olympic Games and won the women’s 10 meter Air Rifle gold.

China’s Yi Siling settled for bronze. Du already won a gold decoration at the in the Athens Olympics in the year 2004. According to the statements of, this is the fifth time in history that the United States has won the first gold award at the Olympics with respective years like 1896, 1904, 1924, 1952, 1956, 1984 and 2000 being the past events.

So, it is an event to feel proud for the Americans that Virginia Thrasher has written her name in golden words as the first gold winning shooter in 10m Air Rifle. We pay our heartiest congratulations to Virginia Thrasher.

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