Shooting, Men's 10m Air Rifle: Alin George Moldoveanu Wins Gold For Romania

DELHI INDIA - OCTOBER 05: Gold medal winners in the Mens 10m Air Rifle Pairs Abhinav Bindra (l) and Gagan Narang of India pose with their medals at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range during day two of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 5 2010 in Delhi India. (Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images)

Alin George Mldoveanu won the first Romanian gold of the London Olympics on the final three shots of the men's 10m air rifle competition.

Alin George Moldoveanu earned Romania's 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 10s 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 10, but on precisely how close to the middle of the circle they shot. But Moldoveanu fought back to win the gold by besting Campriani over the competition's final three shots, 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, Gagan Narang got India its first medal of the games.

Gold medal: Alin George Moldoveanu, Romania

Silver medal: Niccolo Campriani, Italy

Bronze medal: Gagan Narang, India

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