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Marco Innocenti

Beretta Double Trap Shooter

Presentation

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Good day everyone, my name is Marco Innocenti, I'm a Double Trap athlete, a discipline that I train for with a Beretta DT11.
Together with my family I run one of the biggest armories in Italy, the Armeria Innocenti.
I train at TAV Montecatini. I'm from Montemurlo, a district in Prato and I was born on 16 August 1978.
My philosophy in life is: “if you want it, you can do it; don't put off to tomorrow what you can do today”.



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Biografy

Marco started shooting at the age of 10, but his first international competition was in 1995 at the Grand Prix in Finland in the city of Lathi. There he won his first gold medal.
His second competition was at the World Championship in Cyprus in 1995, where still as a junior, he was placed 12th in the individual competition and won gold in the team competition.
His second success story occured a year later at the European Championship in Tallin where still as a junior, he won the individual and team gold. Just one year later, in 1997, he won another European title and the junior World Championship in Lima. In 1998 he won another two medals, a bronze in the European Championship in Nicosia and gold at the individual World Championship in Barcelona.


In 1999 when he moved over to the senior category, he continued his winning streak with a win at his first senior competition at the World Cup in Nicosia and he also obtained the Olympic Charter for Sydney. In addition, he came second in his first World Cup final in Kuwait.
In 2000, he won bronze at the World Cup in Sydney, was a member of the Olympic team in Sydney and missed the final by just one target.
In 2001 he won an individual silver at the European Championship in Zagreb and a team gold.
In 2002, he took centre stage at the Santiago World Cup where he obtained the Olympic Charter.
In 2003 he won an individual silver medal in Brno, Czech Republic and a gold medal in the team competition.
In 2004 he took part in the Olympics in Athens.
In the same year, he came second in the World Cup in Americana, the Brazilian stage of the series.
He won the World Cup final in Maribor in Slovenia.
In 2005 he won the World Cup stage in Rome and also came first at the Mediterraean Games in Almeria, Spain.
In 2010, he married Francesca.
In 2012, he was a reserve for the Olympic team in London.


On 19 March 2013,  which was also Father's Day, his first daughter, Alessia, was born. That same year he took second place on the podium, winning silver at the European Championship in Suhl. There he also won gold in the team competition. Thanks to the highest score obtained by Marco, the Azzurri team set a new world record for teams of 424/450.  
He has been awarded 6 Gold Medals for Athletic Valour, in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and 4 Silver Medals for Sporting Merit in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006.  Marco Innocenti won Silver medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

OLYMPIC GAMES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Gold Silver Bronze Final Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
        Barcelona 1998 JR Lima 1997 JR     Sipoo 1997 JR tallin 1996 JR Suhl 2013 Brno 2003 Zagreb 2001 Sarlospuszta 2014 Nicosia 1998 JR
  Rio 2016   136(27)  Rio 2016            

What Does he/she bring on shooting Range?

The Shotgun

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The DT11 is Beretta’s top-of-the-line competition shotgun, used by the world’s absolute best clay shooters. It is built around a vault-tough cross-bolt action, a whole 3mm wider than its predecessor’s (the DT10) and therefore stronger and even more durable. DT11 Trident Beretta. Marco Innocenti shots with Dt11 Beretta.

Gilet da tiro,

Tuta Uniform Pro,

Cappello,

Polo,

Maglietta tecnica Beretta,

Cuffie,

Occhiali...

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Interview

Which is your favourite shotgun?
When competing I prefer the Beretta DT11 due to its technical characteristics. From an aesthetic point of view, I think the Beretta SO4 Los Angeles is the most beautiful clay pigeon shooting shotgun of all time; while for hunting, my dream, which hopefully will come true sooner or later, is owning a Beretta SO Sparviere. Every time I see the side plates of this shotgun open, so fast and with such precision, it reminds me of the doors of a Lamborghini.

Why do you prefer this specific model?
I prefer shooting with the DT11 due to its speed and precision, less recoil, the exceptional shot pattern, its reliability in every condition, and high resistance to wear and tear over time.
Another advantage of the DT11 is the possibility to adapt any grip to it, even the strangest ones, thanks to the swinging stock.

Who is your favourite shooter?
The shooters that have inspired me the most from my era are two Australians, Mark Russel and Michael Diamond, because they are the only shooters in the world to have shot at both Olympic Skeet and Double Trap and they have won World titles and Olympic medals in both.

Who inspired you to shoot?
My sister Nadia inspired me, because she was a member of the Double Trap Italian team and every time we were together at the range it was a challenge to the death. I remember once we were in a playoff and after 15 rounds without either of us making a mistake, we decided to call a truce because neither of us wanted to lose.

What's your best shooting story?
My fondest memory was being called to join the Olympic team when I was just 22 years old.  Walking into the Olympic stadium in Sydney is something I will never forget.

Which is your favourite shooting range?
My favourite shooting ranges are in Italy. They are Cieli Aperti in Bergamo and the Trap Concaverde in Lonato and Umbriaverde in Todi.

How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
My first touch of a shotgun was when I was 5 years old. It was a Falco single shot 8mm caliber. I shot a Coca-Cola can sitting on a wall and with great excitement, I hit it on my first try.

What are your goals and plans for the future?
My goal is to succeed in life and in sport without any regrets. Like any respectable athlete, my dream is obviously winning an Olympic medal.

What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
We all have our own personalities. Listen to your heart, and make sure that shooting is first a source of fun, and then a passion. Never forget the family values of good sportsmanship that were taught to you. Listen to everyone's advice, but then do what you feel is right for you. Never take anything for granted and always remember that each competition you take part in is a small piece of your experience; the desire to do well, the constant training, all of that together with a little bit of luck will do the rest to help you reach the goal that you have always dreamed of.
 

Pictures & Foto


 

 

Olympic Games Rio 2016, thanks Marco!

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