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Olympic Shooting: Men’s Skeet & Rapid Fire Pistol Recaps

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado Springs (August 13, 2016)

Men’s Skeet Recap

Unfortunately, all good things come to end as they have today in Rio with Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) unable to make the Finals in Men's Skeet, thus ending his attempt at a third straight Olympic gold medal. He finishes with a score of 119/125 for a 15th-place finish. 

Shooting 122 guaranteed competitors a spot in the Semis with five shooters scoring 121 having to shoot-off for two spots.  

“It was frustrating; I didn’t shoot well here or in practice,” Hancock said. “I had some really good moves but I shoot a 25 the whole time I as here. I felt really well down here, but it was just little things here and there that I can’t really pinpoint what they were. I felt that these were some of the hardest targets we’ve seen in quite some time. I knew that I had to run a 50-straight today and look at the scoreboard, sure enough if I do that I’m in a shoot-off to get into the Final. Pretty simple when you look at things, you just have to go out there and execute and I just didn’t do that.”

A three-time World Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 16-time World Cup medalist, Hancock will, no doubt, use this Olympic disappointment to fuel more skeet greatness in the future.

Competing in his second Olympic Games, Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska) finished with a 117 for a 21st-place result in his second Olympic Games.  He opened Saturday shooting a 25-straight followed by a 23 to close out his Rio Olympic experience. He finished eighth in London.

Italian Gabriele Rossetti won the gold medal today to go along with the two (gold/siver) they earned in Women’s Skeet Friday. Earning the silver was Sweden’s Marcus Svensson with International Olympic Athlete (IOA) Abdullah Alrashidi earning bronze.  It was the second IOA athlete to earn a shooting medal with Fehaid Aldeehani earning the first IOA gold medal ever in Double Trap.  Both athletes are from Kuwait, which is unable to compete in Rio as a country due to International Olympic Committee sanctions.

Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol Recap

While Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) had good positioning today, ending in 10th place and a score of 580/600, he did not make the cut for finals, needing a 583/600. This is still quite an accomplishment for Sanderson seeing how he had his trigger break after pre-event training.

Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Florida), who was in 20th-place after a yesterday’s qualification, made a sensational recovery and ended today with a 578/600 placing 12th. 

Germany’s Christian Reitz, the current world-record holder, ended qualifications in first with a 592, just one-point shy of tying his own record. The world record is a nearly perfect 593/600 points scored by Reitz last year. He qualified for finals where he claimed the gold medal with an outstanding final. Germany has showcased their shooting presence the past three days by winning gold each day.

France’s Jean Quiquampoix took silver, which is France’s first medal for the shooting sports. Yuehong Yi, from China, took the bronze medal. Fusheng Zhang, Yi’s teammate and number one ranked rapid fire shooter in the world, took a close fourth. The gold medalist from the 2012 London Olympics, Leuris Pupo of Cuba, was unable to defend his title at this Olympics placing fifth after finals. Riccardo Mazzetti of Italy took sixth.

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