Italian shooter becomes first athlete to qualify for 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are still two years away, but one athlete has already punched his ticket to London.

Last week, Italian shooter Niccolo Campriani became the first person to qualify for the upcoming Olympics after winning the 10m air rifle final at the ISSF World Championships in Munich. He defeated the current world-record holder and defending Olympic gold medalist to win the automatic berth.

The 22-year-old participated in the same event in Beijing, finishing 12th overall. He also came in 39th in the 50m rifle prone competition.

"I can't believe I am the first qualified athlete," he said in the Telegraph UK. "This is going to help me, the sport and our federation, in the future. I am so happy."

Campriani is an engineering student at West Virginia University.

In the days following Campriani's victory, other athletes have qualified for the Games in different shooting events. Slovakia's Zuzana Stefecekova was the first woman to earn a berth to the Games after winning the trap event at the championships.

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