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Niccolo' Campriani

The Marksman

Marksman Niccolo' Campriani won Italy's seventh gold medal at the London Olympics when he triumphed in the men's 50-metre rifle 3 positions event. It is his second medal at the Games after the 24-year-old Florence native took silver in the 10-meter air rifle event. Campriani also set a new Olympics record as he outshot second-placed South Korean Kim Jong-hyun by six full points. Placing third to win the bronze was Matthew Emmons of the United States, a longtime rival and training partner of the young Italian gold medalist.

Campriani first won fame by making the Italian national team to compete in the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Games when he was only 20 years old. However, more seasoned veterans outgunned him there, rattling his confidence and forcing Campriani to work even harder at his sport. In May of this year, he was back on track, winning gold at the shooting World Cup in Milan in the 10-meter air-rifle event Campriani credits psychologist Edward Etzel - himself a former archery champion at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles - for helping him improve his athletic focus.

The shooter, who studied engineering and trained at West Virginia University in the United States after earning a scholarship there, has said that he intends to remain in Britain after the Olympics. He plans to work towards a Masters degree at the University of Sheffield, where he said he hopes to also continue his athletic training.