China wins 3 golds at Tokyo 2020, 12-year-old Zaza ends Olympic debut

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China got off to a flying start at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday by winning three gold medals in shooting, fencing and weightlifting, while the youngest Olympian of the Games, Hend Zaza, ended her Olympic debut after losing in the opening round of the table tennis women's singles event.

Yang Qian of China poses during the awarding ceremony after the Tokyo 2020 women's 10m air rifle final in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2021. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

Chinese shooter Yang Qian claimed the first gold of the Tokyo Olympics with a thrilling victory in the women's 10m air rifle, beating a star-studded field that includes world record holder Apurvi Chandela and world No. 1 Elavenil Valarivan. Russian markswoman Anastasiia Galashina and Nina Christen of Switzerland took the silver and bronze respectively.

"I was extremely nervous before the final shot, and all I could do was soothe my emotions," the 21-year-old Yang recalled.

China's second gold came when Hou Zhihui won the women's weightlifting 49kg event.

Hou Zhihui of China poses during the awarding ceremony after the women's 49kg weightlifting final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2021. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

Shaking off the regrets of her aborted journey to Rio 2016, in which Hou was substituted at the last minute, the 24-year-old made a redemption in Tokyo after lifting an Olympic record 116kg in the clean and jerk for a winning total of 210kg, also setting a new Olympic record.

Saikhom Mirabai of India took the silver with 202kg, and Cantika Aisah of Indonesia got the bronze with 194kg.

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