Following a spectacular opening ceremony last night, the first gold in the London 2012 Olympics has been handed out.
Yi Siling from China won gold in the 10m air rifle discipline this morning. The 23-year-old triumphed over 56 competitors, including fellow Chinese athlete Yu Dan who won the bronze medal.
The favourite to win, Yi’s score of 502.9 was 0.7 over Poland’s Sylwia Bogacka who took the silver medal after the final, held at the Royal Artillery Banks in Greenwich, London.
Czech Republic’s Katerina Emmons, who won gold in Beijing 2008, finished just short of a medal position.
This gold medal bring’s China’s overall gold medal tally to 164.
Among the 56 participants was Malyasian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, who was eight months pregnant. She finished 34th in the qualification round, and was most thankful that her waters didn’t break during the competition.