First Paralympic gold goes to China

Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 16:18 PM IST

London: China`s Zhang Cuiping won the first gold medal of the London Paralympic Games with a world record performance.

Zhang, 24, notched up 500.9 points on aggregate to win the R2-10-metre air rifle standing-SH1, setting a world record of 104.9 points in the final Thursday.

The silver went to German shooter Manuela Schmermund with 493.6 points, while Australia`s Natalie Smith won bronze with 492.4 points.

The Paralympics were opened in London Wednesday and end Sep 9.