Croatia’s Josip Glasnovic defeats Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo in a sudden death shootout to win the gold medal in men’s trap.
Glasnovic and Pellielo went back and forth throughout the gold medal match until they both finished with 13 out of 15. In the fourth round of the sudden death shootout, Pellielo missed and Glasnovic followed up with a hit to win his first Olympic medal.
Though Glasnovic had found modest success in World Shooting Championships and European Shotgun Championships, his best finish was fifth place in the event, and he didn’t compete in the 2012 London Games. He was confident all afternoon though, being the only competitor in the semifinal to shoot a perfect 15 for 15.
This is the second consecutive gold medal for Croatia in men's trap, as Giovanni Cernogoraz won in London. Cernogoraz finished ninth in qualifying and didn't make it to the semifinal.
For Pellielo, the elusive gold medal is once again just out of reach. The Italian earned silver in the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games. He also won bronze in the 2000 Sydney Games.
Italian shooters have made it to the podium in this event in six of the last seven Olympics, but none have won the gold medal. The last gold medal winner for Italy in the men’s trap event was Luciano Giovannetti.
The bronze medal match was less intense, with Great Britain’s Edward Ling defeating Czech Republic’s David Kostelecky by four shots. Kostelecky was the 2008 gold medalist in the event.
Getting to the bronze match, however, was a lot more difficult for Ling. After tying with Egypt’s Ahmed Kamar with a score of 12 out of 15 in the semifinal, they went into a sudden death shootout to see who would face off with Kostelecky. Ling missed first, but Kamar was unable to hit, and then missed again to fall to fifth place.
Ling's medal for Great Britain is the nation's first men's trap medal since the 2000 Sydney Games, when Ian Peel earned bronze.
The final standings are as follows:
1. Josip Glasnovic (Croatia)
2. Giovanni Pellielo (Italy)
3. Edward Ling (Great Britain)
4. David Kostelecky (Czech Republic)
5. Ahmed Kamar (Egypt)
6. Massimo Fabbrizi (Italy)