Giovanni Cernogoraz

Beretta Trap Shooter



Hi!! My name is Giovanni Cernogoraz and I do Trap shooting, although for a certain period of time I also did Double Trap with my Beretta DT11 shotgun. I have been shooting since 1996 and I train at the Cittanova D’Istria shooting range in Croatia. I was born on 27 December 1982 in Koper, in Slovenia and I am a waiter. My philosophy in life is never give up and never surrender.





Giovanni started shooting in 1996 at the age of 14, but only debuted on the international scene in 1999. He took part in the European Championship in Poussan, when he was still a junior. In February 2002 his first child, Leonardo was born. In that same year, he won bronze at the junior World Cup in Lahti, Finland.
In 2011 he won gold in the World Cup in Beijing, a gold that sent him to the final in Al Ain. On 5 April of the same year, his daughter, Eva, was born.
In 2012 at the Olympic Games in London, he won gold in trap shooting and with a total of 146 targets he set the European Final Olympic Record. In the same year he also won the European Championship in Larnaca. Following his Olympic gold he was awarded Croatia's Best Sportsperson of the Year award and was also conferred the country's highest sporting medal by the Croatian President.
He has been married to Sabina Cernogoraz for three years.



Gold Silver Bronze Final Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
London 2012           Lahti-2002 (Junior) Larnaca 2012    


What Does he 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. Giovanni Cernogoraz shots with Dt11 Beretta.


Tuta Uniform Pro,



Maglietta tecnica Beretta,





What's your favourite shotgun?
My favourite shotgun is the one I currently use, the Beretta DT11. It has given me a lot of satisfaction.

Why do you prefer this specific model?
I prefer it to the others because from the first time I tried it, I was immediately comfortable with it in terms of how it handled and also from a point of view of its reliability.

Who is your favourite shooter?
My favourite shooter is Italian, Giovanni Pellielo, who has won three Olympic medals. I admire him because he has always been down-to-earth, polite and has never become big headed despite having won many titles. I also look up to him because he is always on the podium!

Who inspired you to shoot?
The people who set me on this path were my grandfather and father who have always done clay pigeon shooting from the time that I was little.

What's your best shooting story?
The best memory that I have relating to shooting is when I won the Olympic Charter which allowed me to take part in the London games. Being able to take part in the Olympics is every sportsperson's dream. I am thrilled that I had that opportunity and that I made the most of it.  

Which is your favourite shooting range?
There are two shooting ranges where I enjoy shooting; Trap Concaverde in Lonato and the range in Belgrade. At both ranges I have always been very pleased with the degree of organisation as well as how well the venues have been maintained.

How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
The first time I held a shotgun was when I was 10 years old and I went hunting with my father and my grandfather. They have always had a real passion for firearms, and I remember that on that day they let me try it out. It was an unforgettable experience and it is a very dear memory for me.

What are your goals and plans for the future?
Like all sportsmen, my aim is to constantly improve but most of all, to be able to obtain the Olympic Charter for the next games in Rio in 2016. Once I have qualified, I would love to reach the final six.

What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
My advice to anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps is always believe in what you are doing, and despite the fact that there may be disappointments, since these are inevitable in sport, never give up and always persevere in order to achieve your goals.


Pictures & Foto