The sport has come a long way since Paris 1900, when live pigeons were used as targets, or Antwerp 1920, when a 72-year-old Swede medaled. For those of you who don’t know your skeet from your trap, shooting is an Olympic gold mine for Team China. In fact, the first gold medal the People’s Republic ever won came courtesy of Xu Haifeng, a marksman at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. In Athens, China’s sharpshooters won four golds, more than any other nation. This time around, the People’s Republic’s first gold of the Games could very well come from Du Li, a word-recordholder who will likely be competing in the women’s 10-m air rifle final in day 2 of the Beijing Olympics.
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