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2016 Rio Summer Olympics games:Rossetti outstrips his father in the skeet

8/15/16
Rossetti outstrips his father in the skeet

Gabriele Rossetti gave Italy its third shooting gold medal with a perfect score in the men's skeet event on 13 August.

The 21-year-old police officer, who was making his Olympic debut, registered perfect scores of 16 in the semi-final and the final, eventually defeating 26-year-old Marcus Svensson of Sweden by just one shot.

"I am the champion. I am the champion, that's all. I am happy,” said the Italian, whose father Bruno won bronze in the same event at Barcelona 1992. “I always imagined I could win gold…My dad won the bronze; and now I’ve the gold at my first Olympic Games. I will sleep well tonight!”

Abdullah Al-Rashidi, an Independent Olympic Athlete, who had become something of a crowd favourite in Rio, won the bronze, his first medal in six Olympic Games.

After he beat Mikola Milchev of Ukraine, the 52-year-old Rashidi waved to the crowd as they chanted “Mustache!” in Portuguese.

“I am very happy,” beamed Rashidi. “So happy with the Brazilian people because I heard this support from their heart… Thank you very much Brazil, I don't know why but I love Brazilian people. Now Brazil is in my heart. Because this is the Olympics and I took a medal, I will not forget Brazil or Rio de Janeiro."

Meanwhole, the US two-time and defending Olympic champion Vincent Hancock did not manage to qualify for the semi-finals. He was vying to become the first male shooter to win the same event at three consecutive editions of the Games.

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