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USA's Hancock wins shooting gold

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - American Vincent Hancock beat Norway's Tore Brovold in a shootout to win the gold medal Saturday in the men's skeet shooting event.

Hancock, of Eatonton, Ga., hit an Olympic record 121 targets in the qualifying round at the Beijing Shooting Range. He had a one-point lead over Brovold, Anthony Terras of France and Antonis Nikolaidis of Cyprus going into the finals.

In the 25-target final round, Hancock held the field at bay until his 20th shot, which he missed, opening the door for Brovold. The two then matched each other to finish with a total of 145, establishing a final Olympic record.

In the shootout, both players hit their first two targets, but Brovold missed one of his next pair. The 19-year-old Hancock connected on both of his to clinch the gold.

"I wasn't nervous during the competition until then," said Hancock. "When I missed the low house shot it only made me more determined."

The bronze medal was won by Terras, who won a tiebreaker with Nikolaidis.

Randal McLelland of the U.S. failed to make it to the final round.

Andrea Benelli of Italy, the defending gold medalist, was 24th.

Earlier in the day, Ukraine's Oleksandr Petriv had a record-setting performance in winning the men's 25m rapid fire pistol. Petriv set an Olympic final record of 780.2 points for his first Summer Games medal.

"I was fourth in the qualification with a score of 580," said Petriv. "I was sure that I had a chance to win with this score, though it is not my personal best (583 is)."

Germany's Ralf Schumann was denied his fourth Olympic gold medal, finishing with a silver by virtue of his 779.5 points. Fellow German Christian Reitz won bronze with a score of 779.3.

Schumann, who was competing in his sixth Olympics. said he's not done competing at the Summer Games.

"I will go to London (2012)," he said. "It's my focus to try again at age 51. It's a very good feeling to get medals."

Keith Sanderson of the United States came in fifth place with a mark of 776.6.

"I wish I had shot better," said Sanderson . "I think I can speak for all the athletes that we all shot pretty bad."

08/16 05:44:08 ET


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