Shooting: Rossetti racks up third shooting gold for Italy

Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:19pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Young Italian Gabriele Rossetti gave his country its third gold medal in Olympic shooting with a perfect score in the men's skeet event on Saturday.

The compact 21-year-old, a first-time Olympian and police officer, had perfect 16s in the semi-final and final, defeating 26-year-old Marcus Svensson of Sweden, who missed just the final shot.

Crowd favorite Abdullah Al-Rashidi, a Kuwaiti competing under the Olympic flag, won the bronze, his first medal in six Games.

After he beat Mikola Milchev of Ukraine, the 52-year-old Rashidi waved to the crowd as they chanted "Mustache!" in Portuguese and then kissed the ground.

"Some people think we need gold, I don't need gold," said Rashidi, as he gave a list of all the championships he has won.

He is the second Kuwaiti competing under the Olympic flag to medal in shooting this week while their country is banned by the International Olympic Committee. Fehaid Aldeehani won gold in the men's double trap event.

Rossetti, the son of 1992 skeet bronze medalist Bruno Rossetti, went to a shoot-off in qualifying for the semi-final and ousted two French shooters coached by his father.

"I am sorry for the French guys, but that's how the sport works," said Rossetti, who often trains with the French shooters, who he considers friends, and his father.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Shooting - Victory Ceremony - Men's Skeet Victory Ceremony - Olympic Shooting Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Gabriele Rossetti (ITA) of Italy poses with his gold medal. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido