Topics:  london olympics, royal artillery barracks, sylwia bogacka

China claims first gold medal

CHINA'S Yi Siling has shot her way to the first gold medal of the London Olympics after claiming top spot in the 10-metre air rifle at Royal Artillery Barracks.

The favourite heading into the event, Yi was a marvel of consistency, heading off the challenges of silver-placed Sylwia Bogacka and bronze medalist Yu Dan.

Bogacka was a constant threat throughout the event, but a horror eighth round saw her drop to fourth and hand Yi the gold medal.

But the Polish shooter landed a near perfect score on her final shot, putting herself ahead of China's Yu and defending champion Katerina Emmons in fourth.

 



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