China’s Zhang Mengxue wins gold at women’s 10m air pistol

Zhang Mengxue established her lead midway through the event and pulled away with a 10.9 perfect shot in the final rounds.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Published:August 7, 2016 8:41 pm
Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Olympics, Rio Zhang Mengxue, Zhang Mengxue women's 10m air pistol, Zhang Mengxue gold medal, Zhang Mengxue China, women's 10m air pistol, shooting Zhang Mengxue of China holds her gold medal during the award ceremony for the women’s 10-meter air pistol event at Olympic Shooting Center. (Source: AP)

First-time Olympian Zhang Mengxue won the gold medal in the women’s 10-metre air pistol event on Sunday, extending China’s gold medal streak in the sport.

With a score of 199.4 points in 20 shots, the 25-year-old Zhang handily defeated Vitalina Batsarashkina from Russia, the silver medallist with a score of 197.1. Anna Korakaki from Greece won the bronze.

Zhang kept China in top standing in the event after London 2012 and Beijing 2008 gold medallist China’s Guo Wenjun failed to qualify for the finals, finishing in 30th place.

Zhang established her lead midway through the event and pulled away with a 10.9 perfect shot in the final rounds. Her score is an Olympic record under the new finals format.

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