50 worldwide contenders for 2012: Niccolo Campriani
Shooting (10m air rifle, 50m rifle)
He became the first competitor to officially qualify for the 2012 Olympics after winning the men's 10m air rifle title at the World Championships in August 2010. Campriani was also the first Italian to win the event for 40 years.
Campriani won European gold in the 10m air rifle in 2009, took bronze in 2011 and earned silver and bronze at the 2010 World Cup final, in the 10m air rifle and 50m rifle 3 positions respectively.
He competed in three events at the 2008 Olympics at the age of 20, with a best finish of 12th in the 10m air rifle.