Published July 30, 2012
Alin George Moldoveanu won Romania its first gold medal of the London Olympics with a strong finishing performance in the men's 10m air rifle.
Moldoveanu and Italy's Niccolo Campriani each led after a 60-shot preliminary round, scoring tens on 59 out of 60 shots to earn a just slightly less-than-perfect 599. Campriani jumped out to an early lead in the 10-shot final round, where competitors are graded not just on hitting a ten, but on precisely how close to the middle of the circle they shot. But Moldoveanu fought back won gold by besting Campriani over the competition's last three shots, besting Campriani 702.1 to 701.5
India was hoping for gold in the event after Abhinav Bindra won the first individual gold medal in the history of the world's second most populous nation, but he didn't qualify for the final competition. However, Garan Narang got India its first medal of the games.
Gold medal: Alin George Moldoveanu, Romania
Silver medal: Niccolo Campriani, Italy
Bronze medal: Garan Narang, India
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