Yi Siling Wins Olympic Gold Medal in Women's 10m Air Rifle

July 28, 2012
Editor: Zhang Ningning

Gold medalist Yi Siling of China celebrates during the victory ceremony of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 28, 2012. [Xinhua]

Gold medalist Yi Siling of China celebrates during the victory ceremony of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 28, 2012. [Xinhua]

Yi Siling has won the women's 10-meter air rifle final of the Munich Championship on August 1, and also broke the world record.

Born in 1989 in Guiyang, Hunan Province, Yi joined the Guangdong Shooting Team in 2007 and the National Team at the end of 2008.

 
Gold medalist Yi Siling of China (C), silver medalist Sylwia Bogacka of Poland (L) and bronze medalist Yu Dan of China celebrate during the victory ceremony of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 28, 2012. [Xinhua]

Gold medalist Yi Siling of China (C), silver medalist Sylwia Bogacka of Poland (L) and bronze medalist Yu Dan of China celebrate during the victory ceremony of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 28, 2012. [Xinhua]

Yi Siling of China receives gold medal from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge during the victory ceremony of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 28, 2012. [Xinhua]

Yi Siling of China receives gold medal from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge during the victory ceremony of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on July 28, 2012. [Xinhua]

Yi first caught the public eye in 2009 at the 11th National Games in Jinan, Shandong Province, when her 105.21 point score in the Women's 10m Air Rifle Final won her a gold medal. She also won silver in the Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions.

Yi started out as a long-distance runner, but her father advised her to pick a less exhausting event. She then took up dancing for a while, but her father stepped in again, telling her, "As a dancer you'll always been in the chorus line rather than at center stage."

After a few more false starts, Yi took up shooting, and in 2007 entered the Guangdong Huangcun Base Shooting Team. "I think I'm lucky enough to have been born with the stability and coordinate force essential for shooting that no amount of training can cultivate," Yi said.

(Women of China)

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