Chinese shooter lands first gold
China's Siling Yi has claimed the first gold medal of London 2012
The first gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games has gone to China.
Shooter Yi Siling won the women's 10-metre air rifle title on Saturday morning at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
The 23-year-old world number one and gold medal favourite lived up to her billing by beating Poland's Sylwia Bogacka.
Bogacka, 30, qualified in first place and was leading until the eighth shot, when a wayward effort condemned her to silver.
China's Yu Dan collected the bronze medal with Beijing gold medallist Katrina Emmons fourth.
Yi, speaking after receiving her medal from International Olympic Committee chairman Jacques Rogge, said: "I'm very happy. I want to say thanks to China, to my mother and father. I'm very excited and happy. I have been shooting since I was 13-years-old. I've been up since 5am this morning. There was a lot of pressure on me."
An enthusiastic scrum of Chinese reporters managed to knock over a barrier as they attempted to speak to the new champion as she left the arena.
Yi added: "I felt like a movie star then. I think my life will change."
Bogacka was philosophical despite letting gold slip through her grasp three shots from the end.
"Sometimes it happens," she said. "But I don't feel like a loser by coming second."
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