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USA's Hancock Makes It a Sweep in Skeet Shooting

Plus, Zara Phillips wins silver in equestrian team event
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2012 9:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Vincent Hancock of the US has won the gold medal in the men's skeet competition at the London Olympics, his second straight. It gives the US 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 today. 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. Hancock topped his own Olympic record by hitting 123 targets in qualifying earlier today, and was a perfect 25-for-25 in the medal round to wrap up the gold. Elsewhere at the London Olympics:

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  • Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, has a shiny new silver medal in team equestrian eventing. Phillips, however, knocked down a rail, which precluded Team Great Britain from taking home the gold, reports the AP. "Unfortunately we couldn't quite do it," Phillips said.
  • American beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings isn't going to let a little case of pinkeye get her down, and intends to play, reports the AP.
  • British sculler Alan Campbell had the fastest qualifying time in the men's single sculls today, as Britain looks to dominate the Olympic regatta, reports the AP.
(Read more skeet shooting stories.)

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