Thrasher gives strong showing


rio-1579480_1280   Ginny Thrasher, winner of the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics and former O’Fallon District 90 student, tied for 10th out of 37 shooters in the qualifying round of the 50 Meter Rifle 3 Positions shooting event on Thursday morning.

Thrasher scored a 581, an agonizing 1 point away from a tie that could have qualified the West Virginia sophomore for her second straight medal round.

Barbara Engleder of Germany would go on to capture gold with Binbin Zhang and Du Li of China taking silver and bronze, respectively. Li took silver to Thrasher’s gold in the 10 Meter Air Rifle earlier in the games.

This marks the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics for Thrasher, as the 50 Meter Rifle 3 Positions was her last event. She will return to Morgantown, West Virginia and will start her sophomore year at West Virginia University.

The future is bright for Ginny Thrasher. Olympic shooters often have long careers, and Thrasher will have a chance to one day get her name among American Olympic Shooting greats such as Kim Rhode.