By Craig Bohnert | May 19, 2016, 3:04 p.m. (ET)


U.S. Army staff sergeant Josh Richmond has earned a ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after winning the men’s double trap competition at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun on Thursday in Tillar, Arkansas.

The competition in Arkansas is the second leg of a two-stage qualification process for U.S. shotgun shooters, which started in October 2015.

Richmond competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he finished 16th. Since then he has won his second world championship title in 2014 and also collected a pair of world cup silver medals that year. A member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, he won his second Olympic berth by edging out two other members of that unit, Derek Haldeman and Jeff Holguin, a fourth-place finisher at the Beijing 2008 Games.

A native of Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania, Richmond, 30, narrowly missed advancing to the final round of a world cup competition held as the Olympic test event in Rio a month ago, falling in a shoot-off. He collected gold at that same venue at the Rio 2007 Pan American Games.

Born into a shooting family, Richmond’s father won Josh’s first shotgun at a competition while his mother was pregnant with him. Beginning his competitive career at age 11, he won junior gold at the 2005 world championships. He matched the world record to take the individual gold medal at the 2010 world championships, where he also helped the U.S. to the team title. He holds a total of five golds from world cup competition, along with three silvers and three bronzes.

Richmond is the second men’s double trap shooter who will compete for the United States in Rio. He joins 2008 Olympic champion Glenn Eller, who will shoot in his fifth Olympic Games in Brazil. Three other shotgun shooters will be selected to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team by the time the trials conclude on May 25.