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USA’s Thrasher 11th, Germany’s Engleder wins shooting gold with record

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She finished just off the podium on Day 1, but made up for it less than a week later.

Barbara Engleder of Germany set a final round Olympic record by shooting a 458.6, just .2 ahead of silver medalist Binbin Zhang, to win the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions on Thursday.

Zhang is from China, as is bronze winner Li Du.

Thrasher did not make the final round, finishing 11th. Fellow American shooter Sarah Scherer finished 33rd.

Engleder finished fourth in the 10m air rifle, the event won by Team USA’s Virginia Thrasher.

Stunner! America reacts to surprise gold medalist teen Thrasher

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Vinicius loves Virginia, and isn’t the only one.

The Rio 2016 mascot was “born out of the explosion of joy that happened when they announced that Rio would host the Olympic Games”, and it’s only fitting that he met up with thrilled 10m air rifle winner Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher after the 19-year-old American seized the first gold of the games.

Thrasher qualified for the medal round after finishing fifth, and steadily ascended the leaderboard with big shot after big shot.


The win galvanized fans early in the games, as the Yanks were not expected to medal in shooting (let alone see a 19-year-old snare gold ahead of two Chinese favorites).

First Olympic medal: USA teen Thrasher takes gold in 10m air rifle

Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher is the first U.S. Olympian to medal in Rio, coming from nowhere to win gold on Saturday morning.

A Virginia native and West Virginia student, the 19-year-old Thrasher was in bronze position after the first three shots, and moved into second after six. She moved into first after 11 shots.

Fellow American shooter Sarah Scherer made the final, but was eliminated after finishing eighth.

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The eight-woman field for the 10m air rifle final was Elaheh Ahmadi (Iran), Li Du (China), Barbara Engleder (Germany), Daria Vdovina (Russia), Snjezana Pejcic (Croatia), Yi Siling (China), and Thrasher and Scherer.

China’s Du set an Olympic record in qualification, shooting a 420.7 to pace the field.

Americans Scherer (416.8) and Thrasher (416.3) qualified for the final with the fifth- and sixth-best scores, respectively.