First gold medalist at Tokyo 2020 Olympics inspires hometown

By Ma Zhenhuan in Hangzhou and Yu Yin in Ningbo | | Updated: 2021-07-24 16:02
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People celebrate Yang Qian's victory in the women's 10m air rifle competition at the cultural auditorium of Yangjianong village, Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province, on July 24, 2021. [Photo provided to]

Chinese shooter Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the women's 10m air rifle on Saturday, and Yangjianong, a small village in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province, instantly became astir, with fellow villagers clapping and cheering at the news.

Yang was born in 2000 in Yangjianong village, Yinzhou district of Ningbo. She was selected among the shooting team of Ningbo Sports School in 2011, where she started her shooting career. In 2019, Yang became a member of the national shooting team.

Yu Lihua, Yang's first shooting coach at Ningbo Sports School, has been teaching shooting for more than 30 years, and Yu's students have won over 120 championships in various national-level competitions. Yu watched the live broadcast of the competition with Yang's parents and villagers in the village's cultural auditorium village on Saturday.

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