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Chinese shooter Yi Siling wins first gold medal of London Olympics

July 28, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Gold medalist Yu Siling, center, stands with silver medalist Sylwia Bogacka, left, and bronze medalist Yu Dan.
Gold medalist Yu Siling, center, stands with silver medalist Sylwia Bogacka,… (Geoff Cadick / EPA )

China's Yi Siling won the first gold medal awarded at the London Games when she was victorious in the women's 10-meter air rifle.

The 23-year-old world No. 1 and gold medal favorite defeated Poland's Sylwia Bogacka in the final. Bogacka won the silver medal.

China's Yu Dan collected the bronze medal.

"I'm very happy. I want to say thanks to China, to my mother and father" Yi said. "'I'm very excited and happy. I have been shooting since I was 13 years old. I've been up since 5 a.m. this morning. There was a lot of pressure on me."

Jamie Lynn Gray of the U.S. finished fifth and Sarah Scherer seventh.

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