Sunday, July 29, 2012

Standing Ovation: Guo Wenjun

After starting off day 1 with 4 gold medals, China picks up where they left off in day 2 by winning the first gold of the day in women's 10m air pistol. I'll admit that I have no idea how this became an olympic sport nor do I have any expertise in gun shooting for that matter. But this event surprised me with the amount of suspense and nail-biting moments from start to finish.  Guo was the favorite to win the event finishing with the highest total in the qualification rounds.  However, she was trailing the whole way in the finals.  With France's Groberville up 0.5 points going into the 10th and final shot, Guo needed a miracle to come back to win it.  When the scoreboard lit up after the final shots, I couldn't believe it. Guo shot a near bullseye (10.8) while Groberville succumbed to the gravity of the moment and misfired an event-wide worst (8.8).  Congrats to Guo for defending her Olympic title and picking up another gold for China!


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