Glenn Eller did on Tuesday what he hopes to do again in 108 days: win a medal in Rio de Janeiro.
The 34-year-old shotgun shooter from Columbus, Georgia, won the bronze medal in the men’s double trap event Tuesday at the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun in Rio de Janeiro, which is also serving as the Olympic test event for all three disciplines. It was the first U.S. medal won at the 10-day event that continues through Sunday.
Eller dropped just two targets in the bronze-medal match to defeat Antonino Barilla of Italy, 28-23, and win his 14th world cup medal. Australia’s James Willett won the gold and Russian Vasily Mosin claimed silver.
Eller qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team last September via the USA Shooting Olympic Points System. Rio will be Eller’s fifth Olympic Games. He has competed in every summer games since 2000. In 2008, Eller won the gold medal in men’s double trap at the Beijing Games.
Jay Shi, who recently qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in men’s free pistol, also competed Tuesday. He made the finals in that event at the world cup and finished seventh overall. It was his first appearance in a world cup final in only his second-ever world cup competition.