The world junior shooting champion, the Italian Cristian Ghilli, has died after being shot in the stomach when he was just 19 years old.
He was participating in a hunting party with friends near Pisa (Tuscany) on January 6. While bending down to pick up used cartridges, he accidentally shot himself with his loaded rifle.
Cristian Ghilli was shot in the hand and in the abdomen. Urgently hospitalized, he could not be saved by the doctors. He died during the operation.
Cristian Ghilli specialized in clay pigeon shooting, also called skeet. He was world champion in this discipline by team and by mixed team. He also won individual gold at the European Championship last May.