Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Olympics: Shooter Campriani wins Italy's 7th gold


(ANSA) - London, August 6 - Marksman Niccolo' Campriani won
Italy's seventh gold medal at the London Olympics on Monday when
he triumphed in the men's 50-metre rifle 3 positions event.
Campriani also set a new Olympic record as he outshot
second-placed South Korean Kim Jong-hyun by six full points.
"It was really hard in the final," said the 24-year-old
Florentine, who took silver in the 10-meter air rifle event last
"I pulled out every last bit of energy, physical and
emotional, that I had remaining.
"I did everything I could, I tried not to leave anything to
chance, I wanted to go without regrets," he said, struggling to
contain his happiness and satisfaction with the gold medal win.
"I have been good and lucky," Campriani said referring to
the people he has met through the sport.
He added he was in "good company" on the winners' podium,
with his longtime rival and sometimes training partner Matthew
Emmons of the United States, who won bronze on Monday.
"I have to thank my parents, without whom I would not be
here, my brother, the staff of the (Italian shooting)
federation, Petra (Zublasing, his girlfriend and fellow
shooter)," added Campriani.
"This is an individual sport, but I would have never done
this without them".
He said he would likely compete again in Brazil at the next
Summer Olympics.
"Perhaps it is too early to think about it now, but I want
to be in Rio (de Janeiro) in 2016."
Campriani also squashed suggestions he would continue his
studies in Britain.
"I will stay in Italy and I have no intention of going
away. I had the opportunity to study in the US and I've used
Italy also won a silver on Monday thanks to another
shooter, Massimo Fabbrizi in the men's trap, and a bronze with
gymnast Matteo Morandi in the men's rings.
The Azzurri took their sixth gold on Sunday after their
fencers quartet triumphed in the team foil.
Andrea Baldini, Andrea Cassara', Valerio Aspromonte and
Giorgio Avola beat Japan 45-39 in the final, which also left
Italy top of the fencing standings at the London Games.
Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo, Valentina Vezzali and
Ilaria Salvatori also won gold in the women's foil last week
after Di Francisca came top of an all-Italian podium in the
individual event.
Diego Occhiuzzi won silver in the men's individual sabre
and was part of the foursome that took bronze in the team sabre
for a tally of seven fencing medals, including three golds.
Shooter Jessica Rossi had claimed Italy's fifth gold
overall on Saturday when she won the women's trap with a world
record score, hitting 99 out of 100 targets.
The Azzurri also struck gold with Daniele Molmenti, who
triumphed in the K1 kayak canoe slalom event last Wednesday, his
28th birthday, and with the men's archery team of Michele
Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli.
Monday's medal consolidates Italy's hold on sixth place in
the Olympic medals table with seven golds, six silvers and four
bronzes for a total of 17.

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