Thrasher, Peaty shine on day one in Rio

 07 Aug 2016 - 1:48

Thrasher, Peaty shine on day one in Rio
Team Qatar during the march past at the Rio Olympics as H E  Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, poses  with equestrian team member and show jumper Sheikh Ali Khalid Al Thani who was bestowed the honour of being Qatar’s flagbearer.


Rio de Janeiro: US teenager Ginny Thrasher and Britain’s Adam Peaty shone on the opening day action at the Olympic Games in Rio yesterday. Thrasher claimed the first gold medal of the Games while Peaty launched his Rio Olympic campaign with a bang, clocking a world record 57.55sec in the heats of the 100m breaststroke.
Peaty lowered the world mark of 57.92 that he set in London on April 17, 2015. Meanwhile, Greg Van Avermaet won a sprint finish to claim gold in the men’s cycling road race at the Olympic Games. The Belgian cyclist pipped Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark into second with Rafal Majka of Poland taking bronze at the end of the gruelling 237.5km race.
In shooting, Thrasher got hooked to the sport when deer hunting with her grandfather and yesterday that passioin saw her past China’s champion sharpshooters to claim the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Games.