Shooting: Moldoveanu dedicates medal to homeland

Updated: Monday, 30 Jul 2012 19:07

Romanian shooter Alin George Moldoveanu struck gold today but admitted he is still some way from becoming his country's most famous Olympian.

Moldoveanu won a titanic tussle with Niccolo Campriani of Italy to claim gold in the men's 10m air rifle, after both men had equalled the Olympic record in qualifying.

He said: "I don't think I can compare to Nadia Comaneci, but I would like to dedicate my medal to the people of Romania.

"I don't know what will be happening in Romania and I will decide how to celebrate later. I'm very happy."

Campriani is Italy's second shooting medallist in London after Luca Tesconi also took silver in the 10m air pistol.

He said: "Hopefully these two medals will give the sport a lot of publicity in Italy."

Gagan Narang, who missed out on the final in Beijing four years ago by a single point, took bronze for India's first medal of the Games.

"In Beijing I missed, but this one is a huge stone off my chest" - Gagan Narang

Narang's gong was some consolation for the hundreds of Indian supporters crammed into the rifle range after Abhinav Bindra's early exit.

Bindra won India's first-ever individual Olympic gold at Beijing four years ago but could only finish 16th in qualifying.

"It was not my day," he admitted.

"I started slowly and there was a lot of pressure. It was a very competitive field and my performance went up and down."

Former Olympic 50m air rifle champion Matt Emmons of the USA was also way down the field and admitted he is struggling to recapture his form.

Emmons has famously let gold slip from his grasp with his last shot in two Olympic finals but he did not
suffer the same fate here after a qualifying score of 590 left him ranked 35th.

"My head's working pretty good but my body's not listening," he said.

"It's been coming together over this last month or so but it's still not as consistent as I'd like it to be."

America's Vincent Hancock leads the men's skeet after the first round of qualifying, which continues tomorrow.

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