Vincent Hancock wins second Olympic gold medal

sports@macon.comJuly 31, 2012 

Eatonton's Vincent Hancock hit all but two targets Tuesday morning to repeat as Olympic skeet shooting champion.

Hancock hit 148 of 150 targets to become the first person to win consecutive gold medals in men's skeet shooting.

Hancock set an Olympic record with a score of 123 through qualifying, breaking the mark of 121 he set in Beijing in 2008. He was a perfect 25-for-25 in the medal round to wrap up the gold.

Hancock is the first Middle Georgian to earn consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same individual event since Vienna's Roger Kingdom won the 110-meter hurdles in 1984 and 1988. Americus' Angel Martino won consecutive golds in swimming relays in 1992 and 1996.

It gives the U.S. a skeet sweep, after Kimberly Rhode won the women's competition earlier this week.

Hancock clinched the gold on his next-to-last shot, and missed only twice in 150 tries on Tuesday. Anders Golding of Denmark finished two targets back to win the silver, and Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiya won a shoot-off over Russia's Valery Shomin for the bronze.

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