Campriani wins gold in 10m air rifle - WSMV News 4

Niccolo Campriani earns second career gold medal in 10m air rifle

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Italian Niccolo Campriani earns the third Olympic medal of his career, winning the men’s 10m air rifle event. The 28-year-old sharpshooter won silver in this event in 2012, and gold in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions in London as well. 

Campriani took the lead a little over halfway through the final and never looked back; he put an exclamation point on his performance by finishing with a 10.7 shot. He finished with a final score of 206.1, leading second place by a point and a half. 

He becomes the second Italian to win three shooting medals, joining Giovanni Pellielo, who won bronze in men's trap in Sydney and then back to back silver medals in Athens and Beijing. Campriani also becomes the second Italian shooter to win two gold medals; Luciano Giovannetti won gold in men's trap in the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Games. 

Many on social media were quick to congratulate Campriani on his achievement, including the account for one of Italy's biggest brands.


Silver medalist Serhiy Kulish, 23, showed poise in the face of elimination, defeating former gold medalist Abhinav Bindra in a shoot off to earn a spot in the final three. The Ukrainian then leap frogged bronze medalist Vladimir Maslennikov with a 10.3 shot to join Campriani as the final competitors. 

This silver medal is the first medal for Ukraine in Rio, their first ever medal in this event, and first shooting medal since 2008. 

The final standings are as follows:

1. Niccolo Campriani (Italy)

2. Serhiy Kulish (Ukraine)

3. Vladimir Maslennikov (Russia)

4. Abhinav Bindra (India)

5. Peter Sidi (Hungary)

6. Illia Charheika (Belarus)

7. Petar Gorsa (Croatia)

8. Oleh Tsarkov (Ukraine)

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