By Karen Price | Sept. 21, 2019, 9:21 p.m. (ET)

Vincent Hancock competing in the qualification match for the skeet event at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Vincent Hancock entered Saturday’s final day of competition at this fall selection stage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for skeet shooting in a tie for first place.

By the end of the day, the three-time Olympian and two-time gold medalist would be all alone at the top.

Olympic hopeful Austen Smith also broke the tie she was in to claim first place on the women’s side, and now both athletes will look to the second stage of competition beginning Feb. 25 in Tucson, Arizona, to move closer to getting their tickets to Tokyo.

Hancock was tied with Colt McBee, from Brady, Texas, who was perfect the first two days of competition and had hit 198 of 200 targets heading into Saturday. Hancock was right there with him, and close behind were Phillip Jungman with a score of 196 and Dustan Taylor with a total of 194.

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Hancock took the win with a total score of 248, followed by Jungman with 247 and McBee with 246.

On the women’s side, Smith and Dania Vizzi entered the day tied with 192 points each with Smith coming off a strong day hitting 73 of 75 targets. Amber English and Samantha Simonton were tied for third with scores of 191 points, and six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode and Caitlin Connor were tied for fifth place with 189 points.

Smith won with a total of 243 followed by Vizzi, the 2017 world champion, with 241 and Simonton in third with a score of 240. Rhode finished fourth with a score of 239.

The reigning national champion, Smith is just 18 years old. She won world championship gold in the skeet mixed team event in 2019, and silver in the individual competition in 2017.

This was the first stage of competition that will be used to determine the makeup of the 2020 Olympic team. The second stage will be followed by a super final among the top six shooters in each discipline.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.