Hancock Joins Rhode for Olympic Skeet Gold

Hancock Joins Rhode for Olympic Skeet Gold
Vincent Scott won the 2012 Men's Skeet gold medal at the XXX London Games, joining Kim Rhode won took home the gold earlier in the competition. Photo courtesy of London2012.com/

U.S. Olympic skeet shooters apparently like the color of gold as both Vincent Hancock and Kim Rhode climbed to the top step of the podium to accept gold medals for their bird-busting dominance at the XXX Olympic games in London, England.


Hancock struck gold Tuesday winning the men's competition with a score of 148, which was two better than silver medalist Anders Golding of Denmark. Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiya took home the bronze.



The U.S. Army sergeant set an olympic record by hitting 123 of 125 targets in his qualifying round and had a two target lead with seven targets to go, virtually sealing the win for him.

Hancock is the first skeet shooter to successfully defend an Olympic championship. As a 19-year-old, he took home the top honors from the Beijing games in 2008.


Five For Five

Kim Rhode knows what it's like to win a medal or two in different Olympic contests. Over the weekend she won her record-setting FIFTH Olympic medal from her fifth straight olympic games, which was a gold in women's skeet.


- In 1996 she won gold in the double trap at Atlanta.

- In 2000, she won the bronze in the same event at Sydney

- In 2004, she won gold again in the double trap at Athens.

- In 2008, with double trap no longer a competition, she won a silver in skeet at Beijing.

- And now, of course, another gold in 2012 at London.

Rhode was dominant on her march to her most recent gold, perhaps even more so than Hancock. The bird-crushing Californian set an Olympic record with a mark of 99 points, which means she missed exactly one target out of 100 and was an eight birds better than the silver medalist, Wei Ning of China. Danka Bartekova of Slovakia finished with the bronze.

Both Rhode and Hancock plan on competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio De Janeiro.

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