London, England (Sports Network) - Croatian shooter Giovanni Cernogoraz defeated Italy's Massimo Fabbrizi in a shoot-off for gold Monday in the men's trap competition at the London Games.
After two rounds of qualifications and a 25-shot final at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Cernogoraz and Fabbrizi were knotted at 146. Both hit their first five clay targets of the shoot-off, but the Italian missed his sixth attempt and Cernogoraz took that opportunity to claim gold for his first Olympic medal. It's also the first gold in shooting for Croatia.
"This gold medal will be very good for me, my family and the whole country," said Cernogoraz, who claimed Croatia's fifth all-time Olympic gold. "It is just fantastic."
Both shooters' scores through the final equaled an Olympic record set by David Kostelecky four years ago in Beijing. Kostelecky competed in this event but failed to qualify for the final.
The bronze winner was also determined by a shoot-off, as Kuwait's Fehaid Aldeehani beat two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond of Australia for the medal.
It's the second Olympic medal for Aldeehani, who won bronze in double trap at the 2000 Sydney Games. He finished fourth in that event here in London after losing a shoot-off for bronze.
Diamond was aiming for his first medal since winning the second of consecutive trap golds 12 years ago in Sydney. The Australian equaled a world record with a perfect score of 125 through qualifications in London, but connected on only 20 shots in the finals before losing the shoot-off.
Earlier in the day, Italy's Niccolo Campriani won shooting gold with an Olympic record-setting performance in the men's 50-meter rifle 3 positions. South Korea's Kim Jonghyun won silver in the event and Matt Emmons of the United States grabbed bronze.
08/06 13:55:02 ET