Glenn Eller celebrates winning the gold in the men's double trap during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Aug. 12, 2008 in Beijing.
Glenn Eller became the most experienced athlete on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team when he qualified in men’s double trap Monday afternoon as USA Shooting’s Olympic points system came to a close at the ISSF World Championship Shotgun.
Eller will compete at his fifth Olympic Games next summer in Rio de Janeiro. His Olympic results range from 22nd at the London 2012 Games to a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Games.
A small number of athletes – including archer Khatuna Lorig, and shooters Emil Milev and Kim Rhode – are aiming to top Eller by making their sixth Olympic team in Rio. Meanwhile, athletes such as swimmer Michael Phelps and beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings will hope to join Eller as five-time Olympians next year.
Eller ended the points system with 32 points, well above his closest competition, Derek Haldeman with 20, to fill one of two available U.S. spots in men’s double trap. The second spot will be filled at Olympic team selection competitions in October and May.
Eller’s season included a world cup gold medal in Gabala, Azerbaijan, a win at nationals and a sixth-place finish at the Acapulco, Mexico, world cup. He finished sixth at the shotgun world championships on Monday in Lonato, Italy, to cap his season. Eller also finished fourth at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, which was not part of the points system.
The 33-year-old Houston native is the first athlete on the current 2016 Team USA roster with four Olympic teams under his belt. The next most experienced is fellow shooter Matt Emmons, who has competed at three Games and medaled at all three. Eller and Emmons are the only Olympic champions on the team at this point.
Eller is the 12th U.S. athlete to qualify for the Olympic team, joining pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher, table tennis player Yue “Jennifer” Wu, open water swimmers Jordan Wilimovsky, Sean Ryan and Haley Anderson, triathletes Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True, and shooters Michael McPhail, Keith Sanderson, Emmons and Morgan Craft.