posted on Aug, 14 2004 @ 05:46 AM
Chinese shooter Du Li won the first gold medal at the 2004 Olympics when she captured the women's 10-meter air rifle competition Saturday morning.
The 22-year-old Li, who was second at the World Championships in 2002, set an Olympic record with 502 points to edge Russian Lioubov Galkina by a half
point. Galkina, who was fourth at this event in Sydney and was this year's World Cup champion, set a qualifying record with 399 points, but in the
final had 102.5 points compared to 104 for Li.
Meanwhile, Briton Ian Peel endured a bad first round in the trap competition when he missed two of his 25 targets. The Sydney silver medallist missed
his second target and penultimate clay, however compatriot Ed Ling had a better day, finding 24 of his 25 targets.
The roles of the two British Olympic hopefuls were reversed in the second round, with Ling missing four targets, ending the session with a score of
That leaves him with a total of 46 from a possible 50 so far. It was a disappointing return after such an impressive opening round, but Peel gave his
confidence a boost with a much better performance second time around. He took out 24 clays, giving him a combined first and second round total of 47.