American Sergeant Defends Gold In Men’s Skeet Shooting

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On Tuesday afternoon, Army Sgt. Vince Hancock became the first American to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in men’s skeet shooting, according to a Military Times report:

Hancock, of Eatonton, Ga., shot a 148 to hold a two-clay advantage over silver medalist Anders Golding of Denmark. Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar won the bronze with a 144 after winning a shoot off over Russia’s Valeriy Shomin. …

Hancock becomes the 11th Olympic shooter from any nation to defend a gold medal in an individual shooting event. He is only the second American man to win a skeet shooting gold medal, along with Matthew Dryke in 1984.

Hancock’s win, coupled with Kim Rhode’s gold on Monday, means the United States swept the skeet shooting gold medals in 2012.

Hancock is an Army truck driver based at Ft. Benning, Ga.