Chiara Cainero

Beretta Skeet Shooter



Good day everyone!! My name is Chiara Cainero and I have been skeet shooting since 1997. Currently I train at TAV Porpetto close to Udine, the city where I was born on 24 March 1978, and I shoot with a Beretta DT11. Apart from being a mum, I am also a Chosen Agent of the State Forestry and my philosophy in life is to always give of my best in order to reach my goals and never leave anything to chance.





Chiara Cainero, from Udine, started shooting in 1997, making her debut in ISSF competitions in 1999, at the World Cup in Lonato, where she was placed 14th.
In 2001 she received her first medal, a bronze in the final of the World Cup in Doha, which she qualified for in the Lonato competition. Her first silver was won in Perth during the World Cup stage in 2003 (there she also won the Olympic Charter which women had not received until then).

In 2004, her dream to take part in the Olympic Games came true. In Athens she came eighth. On 23 October 2004 she married Filippo La Martina.
Her turning point came in 2006 when she won 2 bronze medals at the World Cups (in Cairo and Suhl), a silver at the World Cup in Zagreb and finally gold in the final of the World Cup in Granada. All this was crowned by another gold in Maribor, at the European Championship.
In 2007, she won the European title again in Granada.
On 24 June 2008 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Athletic Valour and in that summer she won gold at the Beijing Olympic Games.

This made her the first Italian woman to win in the history of skeet shooting. On 1 September of the same year, by order of the President of the Italian Republic, she was awarded the honour of "Commander of the Order" in Merit of the Italian Republic. Shortly thereafter, on 17 September, she received the "Collare D’Oro" (Golden Collar) for Sporting Merit.
2013 was an incredible year for Chiara. While pregnant with her first child, she brought home 3 golds, 2 in the World Cup (Granada and Al Ain) and one in the European Championship, all this without forgetting the bronze she obtained in the USA, in Tucson.
In January 2014, her first son, Edoardo, was born.

Chiara Cainero won Silver medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Gold Silver Bronze Final Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
Beijing 2008     5° London 2012   Zagreb 2006 Nicosia 2007 Sarlospuszta-2014 Zuhl-2013 Granada-2007 Maribor-2007    
      70(16)  Rio 2016       Lonato del Garda 2016    


What does she bring on shooting range?

The Shotgun


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. Chiara Cainero shots with Dt11 Beretta.

Gilet Uniform Pro,

Tuta Uniform Pro,








What's your favourite shotgun?
Following the Olympics, Beretta gave me a beautiful SO5 that was beautifully engraved by master Timpini!! This shotgun is one of my favourites, followed by the DT 11 that I am currently using.

Why do you prefer this specific model?
The SO5 brings back memories of my Olympic gold (although it is a gun that I have never used and I keep it in my gun rack only as a memento), whereas I personally worked on the DT11 together with Beretta, and I know its specifications. This gives me a lot of confidence in competitions because I know I am using the best according to my performance! The new Steelium Pro barrel technology has made the DT11 even more interesting than the model I used previously, the DT10.

Who is your favourite shooter?
I was able to meet Kimberly Rhode and compete against her. She has won many Olympic medals in various disciplines and has never got hot headed about it. She is a girl with sound principles and is very down-to-earth. She never takes anything for granted in her training and works hard to achieve her goals. Of course her team mate, Vincent Hancock, who won two Olympics in a row, one when he was 18 and the other when he was 22, is a great role model for the world of skeet shooting.

Who inspired you to shoot?
My father is a great skeet shooting enthusiast and he passed down his passion to me. I also enjoy competing against myself in every competition without taking anything for granted.

What's your best shooting story?
At the Beijing Olympics I was very nervous the day before the competition. When returning to the Olympic Village in the afternoon, I couldn't find my pass and without it they don't let anyone in! I was desperate because I was already thinking that I would not make it to the competition after all the training of the previous 4 years. In the end it was a prank, because they had hidden it from me!

Which is your favourite shooting range?
I am very fond of a shooting range that I went to many times to train between 2010 and 2013, the Tav Falco in Capua. I trained under the guide of Giampiero Malasomma, who sadly passed away in September 2013. I sweated a lot on those platforms and I have lovely memories there!!!

How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
I first held a shotgun when I was 13 years old at a shooting range in France where my father was competing. This particular shotgun would shoot a laser at an environmentally-friendly target. That's where I realised that I was a left-handed shooter despite the fact that I write with my right hand.

What are your objectives and plans for the future?
I want to try to win the only title that I am missing, that is the world title and try to remain as competitive as possible in order to take part in the next Olympics in Rio in 2016. It would be great to go into a tie-breaker with Kimberly Rhode for the gold!

What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
My wish is that they be able to experience the same wonderful moments that I did in my competitions overseas and above all at the Olympics. Most important though is to place your personal commitments first such as school and your private life, because that is where you get your foundation to succeed in sport.


Video & Foto



Olympic Games Rio 2016, thanks Chiara!