- Chinese shooter Yang Qian has won the first gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
- After her victory, she placed her medal around her own neck and sang her national anthem behind a mask.
- “I’m so happy that I could win,” the 21-year-old said.
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Chinese shooter Yang Qian celebrated winning the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics by placing her medal around her own neck and singing her national anthem from behind a mask.
The 21-year-old set an Olympic record as she emerged as the victor in the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition on Saturday.
Russia’s Anastasiia Galashina claimed silver, while the bronze medal went to Switzerland’s Nina Christen.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, all three prize winners were handed their medals on a tray by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach before placing them around their own necks.
Usually, a dignitary would put the medals on the winners.
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With fans not allowed at the Games, only a handful of Team China’s staff were on hand to congratulate Yang on her win.
Nevertheless, the shooter savored the moment.
“It’s unbelievable that I can be here,” she said. “I was really nervous. The competition was really tight, but I’m so happy that I could win.”