Italy's Rossetti wins skeet gold in epic showdown - WSMV Channel 4

Italian Gabriele Rossetti wins skeet final showdown

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Italy’s Gabriele Rossetti defeats Sweden’s Marcus Svensson in the gold medal match to win the men’s skeet event. This was Rossetti’s Olympic debut. 


Rossetti, 21, and Svensson, 26, hadn’t missed any of their first 12 shots, and had four shots left until it became a sudden death shoot off for gold. Rossetti stepped up and hit all four targets. Svensson hit his first three, but ultimately missed the final target to hand Rossetti the gold medal.



This is the third gold medal for Italy in the Olympics, as Niccolo Campriani won the 10m air rifle event, and Diana Bacosi won women’s skeet. It is the sixth shooting medal for Italy overall, the country’s largest ever haul of shooting medals and gold medals at a single Olympics. 


The crowd favorite of the afternoon was Kuwaiti shooter Abdullah Al-Rashidi, however. The 52-year-old was competing for the Independent Olympic Athletes team due to sanctions against the nation of Kuwait. In his sixth Olympics he did not disappoint on his way to winning the bronze medal.


Al-Rashidi first had to get through a sudden death shoot off to meet Ukrainian former gold medalist Mikola Milchev in the bronze medal match. He defeated Denmark’s Jesper Hansen and Sweden’s Stefan Nilsson in the second round.


In the bronze medal match, Milchev, 48, missed early, and could never come back. Al-Rashidi scored a perfect 16 for 16, and fell to his knees as the crowd went crazy to show their appreciation. 


Al-Rashidi is the second IOA athlete to earn a medal, as Fehaid Al-Deehani, also from Kuwait, won men’s double trap gold. 


U.S. shooter Vincent Hancock, the two-time reigning gold medalist, was eliminated in qualifications. He finished in 15th place.  



 



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