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Updated: 30/08/2012 22:12 | By pa.press.net

Zhang claims first gold of Paralympics



Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1

Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1

China's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics by setting a new world record in the women's R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

The 24-year-old was a class above her rivals as she finished with 500.9 points, well clear of Germany's Manuela Schmermund in second with Australian Natalie Smith taking bronze.

Zhang set a new Paralympic record in qualifying with 396 points and she was equally accurate in the final with a 104.9 total.

Schmermund finished with 493.6 points and Smith 492.4.

Another Australian, 70-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Kosmala, the oldest competitor at London 2012, was eighth in the final with 488.7.

Kosmala, who competed in her first Games in 1972 in Heidelberg, said: "Once you get in the final you want to medal. So of course I'm disappointed."

Meanwhile twin sisters Carmen and Ramona Brussig both won judo gold on a great day for Germany.

There were only two women's categories on display in east London on Thursday yet the Leipzig-born pair managed to top both the podiums.

Carmen was first of the Brussig sisters to taste success after seeing off old foe Lee Kai-Lin of Chinese Taipei to win the under-48kg final at the ExCel.

Ramona followed in her footsteps shortly afterwards against China's Wang Lijing in the -52kg, winning with an ippon to secure a memorable double victory by the twins.

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30/08/2012 15:46
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Respect to all the competitors in all the Games, let there be less emphasis on the Medals and more on the efforts of all the athletes to get there in the first place!
30/08/2012 16:05
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Quoting  Lobsang's post 11 minutes ago
"Respect to all the competitors in all the Games, let there be less emphasis on the Medals and more on the efforts of all the athletes to get there in the first place!"
 
I don't think they need that sort of 'everyone's a winner' patronising or x-factor style back story at this high level, these people are athletes and are there to win. As Pistorious said- it should be about focussing on ability rather than disability.
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Zhang claims first gold of ParalympicsChina's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics by setting a new world record in the women's R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.pa.press.net2012-08-30T22:12:442012-08-30T22:12:44Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1China's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics by setting a new world record in the women's R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.The 24-year-old was a class above her rivals as she finished with 500.9 points, well clear of Germany's Manuela Schmermund in second with Australian Natalie Smith taking bronze.Zhang set a new Paralympic record in qualifying with 396 points and she was equally accurate in the final with a 104.9 total.Schmermund finished with 493.6 points and Smith 492.4.Another Australian, 70-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Kosmala, the oldest competitor at London 2012, was eighth in the final with 488.7.Kosmala, who competed in her first Games in 1972 in Heidelberg, said: "Once you get in the final you want to medal. So of course I'm disappointed."Meanwhile twin sisters Carmen and Ramona Brussig both won judo gold on a great day for Germany.There were only two women's categories on display in east London on Thursday yet the Leipzig-born pair managed to top both the podiums.Carmen was first of the Brussig sisters to taste success after seeing off old foe Lee Kai-Lin of Chinese Taipei to win the under-48kg final at the ExCel.Ramona followed in her footsteps shortly afterwards against China's Wang Lijing in the -52kg, winning with an ippon to secure a memorable double victory by the twins.seo_keywordsParas shooting gold Th13Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1
Zhang claims first gold of ParalympicsChina's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics by setting a new world record in the women's R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.pa.press.net2012-08-30T22:12:442012-08-30T22:12:44Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1China's Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympics by setting a new world record in the women's R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.The 24-year-old was a class above her rivals as she finished with 500.9 points, well clear of Germany's Manuela Schmermund in second with Australian Natalie Smith taking bronze.Zhang set a new Paralympic record in qualifying with 396 points and she was equally accurate in the final with a 104.9 total.Schmermund finished with 493.6 points and Smith 492.4.Another Australian, 70-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Kosmala, the oldest competitor at London 2012, was eighth in the final with 488.7.Kosmala, who competed in her first Games in 1972 in Heidelberg, said: "Once you get in the final you want to medal. So of course I'm disappointed."Meanwhile twin sisters Carmen and Ramona Brussig both won judo gold on a great day for Germany.There were only two women's categories on display in east London on Thursday yet the Leipzig-born pair managed to top both the podiums.Carmen was first of the Brussig sisters to taste success after seeing off old foe Lee Kai-Lin of Chinese Taipei to win the under-48kg final at the ExCel.Ramona followed in her footsteps shortly afterwards against China's Wang Lijing in the -52kg, winning with an ippon to secure a memorable double victory by the twins.seo_keywordsParas shooting gold Th13Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1Zhang Cuiping won shooting gold in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1

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