RIO DE JANEIRO, August 8, 2016 (Hina) - Croatian shooter Joseph Glasnović won the title of Olympic champion in Men's Trap in Rio de Janeiro, by being more successful than the Italian Giovanni Pellielo in the finals shoot-off with the result 17-16.
The gold medal match finished with both Glasnović and Pellielo tied at 13 of 15 hits, and the gold had to be decided in the shoot-off, where Glasnović stayed very calm. Even though Glasnović was in an unfavorable position, because he was shooting after Pellielo, aware that missing the shot would represent losing the gold medal, he managed to be on the mark with Pellielo with their first three in the sudden death shootout. The duel lasted right to the fourth target, when the experienced Italian missed and Glasnović followed up with a win, achieving thus the greatest success in his career.
By this, Glasnović has "followed the footsteps" of another Croatian Olympic Team member Giovanni Cernogoraz, who has won gold in this discipline four years ago in London. At that time, Cernogoraz has won gold medal also in the shoot-off against another Italian, Massimo Fabbrizi. Today, while defending his title, Cernogoraz finished in 9th place with 116 hits out of 125 clays.
For Pellielo, this is his third Olympic silver, after Athens Olympics in 2004 and Beijing Olympics in 2008, while at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 he has won bronze. The bronze medal was won by Great Britain's Edward Ling, who was better than the Czech David Kostelecky with 13-9.
Josip Glasnović (Cro) - Giovanni Pellielo (Ita) 17-16
Edward Ling (GB) - David Kostelecky (Czech Republic) 13-9