London, England (Sports Network) - Italy's Niccolo Campriani won shooting gold Monday in the men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions, while Matt Emmons of the United States earned the bronze medal.
The 24-year-old Italian won his second medal of the London Games, setting Olympic records with his total and qualifying scores to add gold to the silver he won last week in the 10-meter air rifle. Campriani, who trains in Morgantown, W.Va., posted a score of 1180 in qualifications and won the competition with a total mark of 1278.5
Both records were set by Slovenia's Rajmond Drebec at the 2000 Sydney Games.
"Medals are medals," said Campriani. "I'm feeling very strong emotions. I've reached my aim, I'm delighted."
South Korea's Kim Jonghyun won silver with a total score of 1272.5, while Emmons was 1.2 points behind. France's Cyril Graff placed fourth and was only 0.3 points in back of Emmons, who was in gold position in this event four years ago before a final shot of 4.4 dropped him to fourth.
Emmons, who placed 35th in the 10m air rifle last week, earned his third Olympic medal and now has one of each. His previous two medals, a gold at the 2004 Athens Games and a silver in Beijing, were for the 50m rifle prone, an event he failed to qualify for in the run-up to the London Games.
"I thought my Olympic winning days were over and I am going to enjoy being back on the podium," said Emmons.
The 31-year-old Emmons infamously fired at the wrong target on his last shot in the 3 positions competition in Athens, costing him a gold medal and causing him to finish eighth. The New Jersey native also battled thyroid cancer that was detected in 2010.
08/06 10:56:58 ET