Beijing -- Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic became the first gold medal winner of the Beijing Olympics Saturday and did it in record setting fashion.
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The host nation also suffered a major disappointment in the opening championship event of the 302 that will be contested over 16 days.
Emmons won the women's air rifle competition and allowed her country to match its entire gold medal total from the Athens Olympics. She totaled an Olympic record 503.5 points and became the first in the history of the Games to record a score of 10 on all 40 of her qualifying air rifle shots.
Russia's Lioubov Galkina finished second with 502.1 and Croatia's Snjezana Pejcic was third with 500.9.
American Jamie Beyerle finished fourth at 499.8, four years after no American could finish among the top 10.
Defending champion Du Li of China had been the favorite to win the title again, but she faded during the 10-shot final portion of the event and finished fifth.
Du passed Galkina on the final shot to record her victory in Athens.
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