Giovanni Cernogoraz

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Giovanni Cernogoraz
Giovanni Cernogoraz 2012.jpg
Personal information
CitizenshipCroatian, Italian[2][3][4][5]
Born (1982-12-27) 27 December 1982 (age 36)
Koper, SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia
ResidenceNovigrad, Istria, Croatia
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[6]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[6]
Event(s)Trap, Double trap
ClubGord Velika Gorica
Coached byStjepan Vučković (personal)
Željko Vađić (national)[1]
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2012

Giovanni Cernogoraz (born 27 December 1982 in Koper) is a Croatian sports shooter.[7] Competing in shotgun events, he won the Olympic gold medal in men's trap at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.[8][9][10] He was elected for Croatian Sportsman of the year by Sportske novosti in 2012.[11]


Cernogoraz started with the sport at an early age, initially becoming interested in it through hunting. He is a member of the Gord sports club based in Velika Gorica and was named Velika Gorica Sportsman of the Year in 2011.[12] After narrowly missing 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Cernogoraz managed to qualify for 2012 Olympic Games after winning the ISSF World Cup in Beijing in 2011.[6]

His next notable achievement was winning a gold medal in team trap along with his national team teammates, brothers Anton and Josip Glasnović, and a bronze in individual trap at the 2012 European Shotgun Championships in Larnaca.[13]

At the 2012 Olympics he managed to qualify for the Olympic final in sixth place with score of 122. In the final, Cernogoraz scored 24 out of a possible 25, with a total score of 146, equalling the Olympic record and securing a shoot-off for the gold. In the shoot-off Cernogoraz went on to defeat Italy's Massimo Fabbrizi 6–5 to win gold. It was Croatia's first Olympic gold and only the second shooting sports medal ever won in its entire Olympic history. It was also the first Olympic gold won by an athlete from Istria after Mate Parlov's boxing gold in the 1972 Summer Olympics.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Cernogoraz lives in the town of Novigrad in Croatia, where he works as a waiter at his father's restaurant.[15][16]

Cernogoraz is an Istrian Italian and holds an Italian passport. He is married and has two children.[15] Cernogoraz is a Roman Catholic.[17]

Olympic results[edit]

Olympic results
Event 2012
Trap 1st, gold medalist(s) Gold
122+24 (6/6)


  1. ^ a b "Giovanni Cernogoraz - Shooting - Olympic Athlete - London 2012". Athlete. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ Marco Mensurati (6 August 2012). "Cernogoraz, mezzo oro italiano:"Non so perchè tiro per i croati"". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ Massimo Oriani (6 August 2012). "Fabbrizi d'argento nella fossa. Le medaglie azzurre sono 17". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  4. ^ Claudio De Min (7 August 2012). "Fabbrizi, un argento di rigore. Era al debutto olimpico ma ha sparato come un veterano". Il Messaggero (in Italian). Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. ^ "L'oro "italiano" di Giovanni manda in estasi Cittanova". Il Piccolo (in Italian). 8 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "ISSF Portrait". Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Giovanni Cernogoraz". Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  8. ^ Dominik, Ivan (6 August 2012). "Giovanni Cernogoraz osvojio zlatnu medalju u trapu!" [Giovanni Černogoraž won the gold medal for the trap!]. (in Croatian). Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  9. ^ "London 2012: Giovanni Cernogoraz wins trap shoot-off". BBC News. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Novigrađanin Giovanni Cernogoraz osvojio zlato u Londonu" [Novigradan Giovanni Cernogoraz won gold in London]. Glas Istre (in Croatian). 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Izbor Sportskih: Cernogoraz, Perković, vaterpolisti i rukometašice najbolji u 2012.!" [Sports Choice: Cernogoraz, Perkovic, water polo and handball players the best in 2012!]. Jutarnji List. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Giovanni Cernogoraz osvojio zlatnu medalju" [Giovanni Cernogoraz won the gold medal] (in Croatian). City of Velika Gorica. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Cernogoraz i muška ekipa europski prvaci u streljaštvu" [Cernogoraz and European champions in men's team shooting]. Novi list (in Croatian). 25 May 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Hrvatska ima treću medalju: Cernogoraz u Novigrad u utorak donosi zlato s Olimpijade!" [Croatia's third medal: Novigradian Cernogoraz brings gold from Pulan Olympics on Tuesday!]. (in Croatian). 6 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Zlatni olimpijac Cernogoraz već konobari!". Večernji list (in Croatian). 8 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Zlatni Cernogoraz - konobar koji sanja posao u MORH-u". (in Croatian). 6 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Kako će na referndumu glasati poznatiji Istrani". Glas Istre (in Croatian). 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.

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