Olympics: China wins Two Golds on Day OneBy VOA News
09 August 2008

Children from 56 Chinese ethnic groups sing national anthem as fireworks light up sky during opening ceremony in Beijing, 08 Aug 2008Host country China has taken two gold medals on the first full day of competition at the Beijing Olympics.

In the women's 48 kilogram weight lifting competition, China's Chen Xiexia won the gold. Turkey's Sibel Ozkan earned the silver, while Taiwan's Chen Wei-Ling took the bronze medal.

In the men's 10-meter air pistol event, China's Pang Wei won the gold with a total of 688.2 points, followed by Jin Jong-oh from South Korea and Kim Jong Su from North Korea.

The Czech Republic's Katerina Emmons, who is married to U.S. shooter Matt Emmons, won the first gold of these games, taking the women's 10-meter air rifle. Emmons took the gold with a new Olympic record of 503.5 points. The silver medal went to Russian Lioubov Galinka, while Croatian Snjezana Pejcic earned the bronze.

Four more medals will be awarded Saturday in judo, fencing and road cycling.
Lavish Opening Ceremonies

Fireworks highlighted Beijing Olympic's opening ceremony, 8 Aug 2008The Games opened Friday with a lavish, glittering Opening Ceremonies in front of 91,000 people at the Bird's Nest stadium, including U.S. President George Bush and some 80 other heads of state.

More than 15,000 performers took part in the three-hour ceremony. The parade of nations included athletes from a record 204 nations.

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