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Vincent Hancock wins gold medal for U.S. in skeet shooting

July 31, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Vincent Hancock competes in skeet shooting on Tuesday.
Vincent Hancock competes in skeet shooting on Tuesday. (Marwan Maamani /AFP/Getty…)

LONDON -- Brushing back a forgettable 2011 season, Vincent Hancock won a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in men's skeet shooting.

Hancock became the first U.S. man to win skeet events in consecutive Olympics, though it wasn't without drama Tuesday at Royal Artillery Barracks.

He held a slim one-point lead over Denmark's Anders Golding before the final round but grabbed some breathing room after Golding missed the 17th of 25 targets.

Hancock hit 148 of 150 targets throughout the two-day competition, including a perfect 25 of 25 in the final round to beat Golding, who hit 146.

Hancock, 23, struggled at times since winning the event at the Beijing Olympics, finishing 67th in last year's world championships in Serbia, where he said earlier this week he simply "bottomed out."

Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiya won the bronze medal after an extra round to break a tie with Russia's Valeriy Shomin.


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