Shooter Eller clinches fourth Olympic bid

2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller clinched his fourth Olympic bid in shotgun double trap Saturday, beating U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit teammate Jeff Holguin of Yorba Linda, Calif., at USA Shooting’s Olympic Trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Eller hit 49 of 50 targets in the final round and totaled 609 of 650 total targets in events this week and last fall in Kerrville. Holguin, a 2008 Olympian, totaled 603, and Billy Crawford of Johnstown, Ohio, was third at 601.

Army Marksmanship Unit member Josh Richmond of Hillsgrove, Pa., qualified earlier for the Olympics, and Eller won an additional berth secured by USA Shooting through the International Shooting Sports Federation.

“After the gold medal there’s nowhere to go but down, so I fell, stumbled and hung around down there for awhile and slowly eased my way back, but that’s what it’s all about, though,” he said. “Now, I have the opportunity to go back and win another one.”

2008 Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock of Eatonton, Ga., leads in men’s skeet, which concludes Sunday. B.J. Blanchard of Vidor is tied for third, 12 shots off the lead, and Dustin Perry of Lovelady is 13 behind.

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