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Olympics: Italy finish in 'G8 of sport'

Azzurri win 28 medals, eight golds

Olympics: Italy finish in 'G8 of sport'

(ANSA) - London, August 13 - The head of the Italian Olympic Committee, Gianni Petrucci, has expressed satisfaction after Italy finished eighth in London Olympics medals table. Italy won eight gold medals, nine silvers and 11 bronzes for an overall total of 28, one more than the team achieved in Beijing in 2008 and well over the minimum target Petrucci set of 25. "We are in the G8 of sport," Petrucci said. "I'd spoken of a minimum threashold of 25 and we beat that so I can only be satisfied". Carlo Molfetta won Italy's eighth gold on Saturday when he staged a late comeback to prevail in +80kg taekwondo. Marksman Niccolo' Campriani won the men's 50-metre rifle 3 positions event last week after taking silver in the 10-meter air rifle. The Azzurri took their sixth gold at the end of the first week of London 2012 when their fencers quartet triumphed in the men's team foil. Andrea Baldini, Andrea Cassara', Valerio Aspromonte and Giorgio Avola beat Japan 45-39 in the final, which also left Italy top of the fencing standings at the London Games. Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo, Valentina Vezzali and Ilaria Salvatori also won gold in the women's foil after Di Francisca came top of an all-Italian podium in the individual event. Shooter Jessica Rossi claimed Italy's fifth gold overall when she won the women's trap with a world record score, hitting 99 out of 100 targets. The Azzurri also struck gold with Daniele Molmenti, who triumphed in the K1 kayak canoe slalom event, and with the men's archery team of Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli.

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