(L-R) Silver medallist Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic, gold medallist Du Li of China, and bronze medallist Eglis Yaima Cruz of Cuba at the award ceremony
Chinese shooter Du Li staged a comeback to smash the Olympic record in the women's 50m rifle three positions at the Beijing Olympic Games on Thursday.
Du scored 690.3 points, 1.9 points higher than the previous one held by Russian shooter Lioubov Galkina, ensuring a hard-won Olympic gold medal on home soil. As the defending champion in women's 10m air rifle, she finished the fifth on the first day of the Games.
Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic nailed down the silver with 687.7 points after a hot pursuit. Eglis Yaima Cruz of Cuba won the bronze with a slim disadvantage of 0.1 point.
Another Chinese shooter Wu Liuxi finished the eighth.
Profile of Du Li
Birthday: Mar. 5, 1982
Place of Birth: Shandong Province
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 55 kg
Personal Best Result: Gold medal in women's 10m air rile at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games; gold medal in women's 50m air rifle three positions at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
(Xinhua News Agency August 14, 2008)