Chinese shooter Qian Yang wins 1st gold medal awarded at the Tokyo Olympics

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The first gold medal of the 2020 Olympics was officially won Saturday in Japan.

China’s Qian Yang earned gold in the women’s 10-meter air rifle to take home the long-awaited first medal. The 21-year-old is a rising star in the sport.

She defeated Russian Anastasiia Galashina — competing under the Russian Olympic Committee moniker — in the final.

The first medal events took place Saturday in Tokyo, with opportunities to win in archery, men’s cycling, fencing, judo, shooting, taekwondo and women’s weightlifting.

Although the opening ceremony just took place Friday, competition has been underway for several days, including in soccer, softball, baseball and shooting. Competition will continue through Aug. 8, when the closing ceremony will be held.

The United States won the most medals during the last Summer Olympics in 2016, coming home with 121, 46 of which were gold. China and Great Britain followed shortly after the U.S., taking home 70 and 67 medals, respectively.

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