US takes Olympic Gold Medal in shooting sports

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RIO DE JANEIRO — American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.

Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.

Yi Siling of China took bronze as the first medals in Rio were awarded.

Thrasher wasn’t one of the favorites to win a medal coming into the Olympics.

“I think I knew it was realistic for me to make finals, but I was not focused on that,” she said. “I was focusing on just shooting the best that I could, and that got me there.”

She is an NCAA champion at West Virginia competing in her first Olympics. The American was up against a deep field that included Du, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and Andrea Arsovic of Serbia, who is ranked No. 1 in the world and failed to advance to the final. Yi won Olympic gold in the 2012 London Games.

American Sarah Scherer was eighth.

Concealed Carry course – June 25 & 26

Woman Carrying Handgun

This course will qualify you for obtaining the necessary training certificate when applying for your NC concealed carry permit. You will be taught the fundamentals of proper and safe pistol handling and firing.

Students will need eye and ear protection and 50 rounds of ammunition. Pistols will be available for rent if a student does not have one or wishes to work with something different.

The State of NC requires an individual to apply for a concealed carry handgun permit at their local Sheriff’s Office. The application requires a minimum of eight hours training from a state certified firearms instructor, pass a written exam, and qualify with a handgun firing at targets at various distances.

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