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China's Yi Siling wins first gold medal of London 2012

China's Yi Siling wins first gold medal of London 2012
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28/07/2012

Yi Siling of China won the first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games after securing victory in the women's 10m air rifle at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Saturday.

The 23-year-old world number one took the Olympic title with her last two shots, finishing on a total of 502.9 points as Poland's Sylwia Bogacka claimed the silver medal and Yu Dan of China finished in bronze-medal position.

Bogacka had been leading until the eighth attempt of the 10-shot final, when a wayward effort handed Yi first place.

"It was very exciting,” said Yi afterwards. “I’m very happy. I'm very grateful to China and to my mother and father who I love very much."

"I am pleased, not nervous like I was in the competition,” she added. "I have been up since 5 this morning. There was a lot of pressure on me."

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