Olympic gold medalist Yang upset by teenager in women's 10m air rifle

Yang Qian of China competes during the Tokyo 2020 women's 10m air rifle final in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

XI'AN, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Wang Zhilin of Zhejiang claimed the women's 10m air rifle title at China's 14th National Games here on Friday, after a surprising victory over Olympic gold medalist Yang Qian. Zhang Tianqi of Hubei pocketed silver.

After 22 rounds of shooting in the final, Yang took the bronze with 230.9 points.

Yang, who won gold along with her Olympic partner Yang Haoran in the 10m air rifle mixed team at the National Games on Monday, only ranked fifth in the qualification.

17-year-old Wang eased into the finals with 634.4 points and set a new national record, while Zhang qualified third.

In the final two shots, Wang scored 10.5 and 10.8 against Zhang's 10.8 and 10.4 to get gold with 253.3 points, while Zhang bagged silver with 252.8 points, both surpassing Yang's record-breaking 251.8 points at the Tokyo Olympics.

Wang will team up with Yang in the women's 10m air rifle team on Saturday.