Olympics: Shooter Campriani wins Italy's 7th gold
Fabbrizi takes silver in trap, Morandi bronze in rings06 August, 18:28
"It was really hard in the final," said the 24-year-old Florentine, who took silver in the 10-meter air rifle event last week. "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 it".
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.