Italy's Campriani takes gold in 10m air rifle

Carla Harmon
August 9, 2016

NiccoloCampriani (ITA) of Italy celebrates after winning the gold medal.

Gold medal victor Italy's Niccolo Campriani reacts during the 10m Air Rifle Men's Finals at the Olympic Shooting Center in Rio de Janeiro Monday. The Ukrainian then leap frogged bronze medalist Vladimir Maslennikov with a 10.3 shot to join Campriani as the final competitors. "Quite a good timing to come back", Campriani said to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) following the match.

"In this case technique doesn't count, you just try to take the best possible shot in really tough conditions".

Shooting for Italy, Campriani, a four-time All-American, shot 206.1 in the final for his second career Olympic Gold medal, first in the discipline and third career Olympic medal.

The 2012 world shooter of the year began slowly, leaping into the lead with five shots of the indoor final remaining.

It's the Italian's second gold medal in an Olympic event, after winning the 50-metre rifle three positions competition four years ago, and his third medal in total.

The 28-year-old Florence-born victor unites for a formidable double act with his girlfriend Petra Zublasing, the couple bagging mixed team 10m air rifle gold at last year's inaugural European Games in Baku.

Maslennikov narrowly missed a shot at gold, but still went home with a medal at his first Olympics.

India's Abhinav Bindra, a 33-year-old who in 2008 became the only individual athlete from his nation to win gold, took fourth with 163.8 after losing a shoot-off with Kulish after the pair exited the seventh round tied. "I have two more competitions in front of me here in Rio".

There were two star acts missing from the eight-shooter final, London 2012 champion Alin George Moldoveanu and Cao Yifei.

Romania's Olympic titleholder crashed out in qualifying, trailing in 19th at the Deodoro range outside Rio.

And Cao, the world champion, had his hopes dashed with a wayward final shot as he slipped out of the short list to ninth.

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