Fourteen years ago, two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock won his first ISSF World Cup skeet gold medal in Changwon, South Korea, and on Saturday he registered win No. 12 at the same venue.
Hancock, 30, topped the field one day after Kim Rhode did the same in women’s skeet to give the U.S. a title sweep in the event. The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Eatonton, Georgia, hit 57 out of 60 targets in the final and in the process out-dueled his teammate, Christian Elliott.
Elliott, 21, hit 53 targets to win the silver medal in his first-ever world cup final. This was just his second world cup event and his first since 2017. A soldier-athlete with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Elliott was competing alongside a former USAMU competitor in Hancock.
Kuwait’s Mansour Al Rashedi won the bronze medal.
The last – and only – time the U.S. occupied the top two podium spots in men’s skeet was when Edward McCamish, Todd Graves and Bill Roy swept a Los Angeles World Cup in 1993.
This was Hancock’s second world cup gold medal this season and his fifth in a row in world cup contests he’s attended. It also happened at a venue that’s been good to the world No. 1 over the years. In addition to winning his first world cup gold medal there in 2005 he also won his fourth world championship title in Changwon just last year. Earlier this year Hancock won a world cup gold medal in Acapulco, Mexico.
The U.S. has already secured two quota spots each in men’s and women’s skeet for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The competition in Changwon continues with trap shooting as the U.S. tries to secure one quota spot in women’s trap and two spots in men’s.