China's Du Li wins first Athens Olympic Gold
Chinese Du Li won the women's 10m air rifle gold medal with a score of 502 points at the Olympic Games in Athens on Saturday.
The 22-year-old outscored a host of elite markswomen, including compatriot Zhao Yinghui, world number one Lioubov Galkina of Russia and world and European champion Katerina Kurkova of the Czech Republic, winning with an Olympic record score of 502.0 points.
Du, who is competing in her first Olympics, entered the 10-shot final with 398 points on joint second places along with Zhao and Kurkova. She was edged into fifth place after opening the final with a 9.4.
The girl then maintained her composure and rejoined the title race with a 10.6 and 10.8. But she didn't overtake all-time leader Galkina until the last shot, firing a 10.6 against the Russian's 9.7.
Galkina, who led by a full point into the final with 399 points, had to settle for the silver with a total of 501.5 points.
Kurkova claimed the bronze medal with 501.1 points.
Following are the final results of the women's 10m air rifle, the first gold
medal at the Athens Olympic Games, on Saturday:
Factbox: Olympic first gold winner Du Li
DOB: May 3, 1982
Birthplace: Shandong Province, East China
Coach: Wang Yuefang
Career: 2002 world champion, 2003 World Cup winner and word record holder