August 12, 2008

American Glenn Eller Claims Olympic Gold Medal in Double Trap

BEIJING, China (August 12, 2008) — Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) captured the gold medal and set two Olympic records in the Men’s Double Trap competition today at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Eller, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), who finished 12th at the Sydney Games and 17th in Athens, entered the final round Tuesday four targets ahead of Italy’s Francesco D’ Aniello with a qualification score of 145, setting a new Olympic record. The previous Olympic record of 144 was set by Ahmed Almaktoum of the United Arab Emirates at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

After missing his first pair in the final, Eller ended up shooting 45 targets and finished with a total score of 190 targets, setting another Olympic record and taking home the gold.

“I was so happy after I won, but I didn’t know whether to cry, smile or jump up and down,” said Eller. “After my performances in the last two Olympics, I really wanted to come here and bring home a medal for the U.S. This is definitely one of the greatest moments of my life so far.”

Eller’s USAMU teammate Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who was competing for the U.S. on his first Olympic team, went into the final in third place with a score of 140, shot 42 targets in the final and ended in fourth place with an overall score of 182.

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From left: Silver medalist Francesco D'Aniello (Italy), gold medalist Glenn Eller (U.S.) and bronze medalist Binyuan Hu (China) celebrate victory in Men's Double Trap.

“I got off to a bad start and couldn’t really figure out what I was doing wrong,” Holguin said of his performance. “I came here to win; my goal wasn’t just to make the team. I am disappointed, but hats off to Glenn who is not only my teammate, but a good friend.”

D’ Aniello took the silver with 187 targets, while the bronze medal was won by Hu Binyuan of China with 184 targets.

In the Men’s 50m Free Pistol event, USAMU member Daryl Szarenski (Saginaw, Mich.), who competed in two previous Olympic Games, was the top American finisher at 14th place with a total score of 555. Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.), a 2004 Olympian, took 21st place with 553.

Speaking about his performance following the match, Turner said, “It was a little rough. I had to work very hard just to accomplish what I did today. I didn’t have any expectations going in to the match. I just went in and tried to execute each shot as well as I could.”

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Glenn Eller

The gold went to Jin Jong-oh of the Republic of Korea, the silver medalist in 2004, with an overall score of 660.4. Kim Jong-su from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea took the silver with 660.2 and China’s Tan Zongliang won the bronze with an overall score of 659.5.

There will be only one shooting event at the Beijing Shooting Range Wednesday. The Women’s 25m Sport Pistol competition will take place, with both the qualification and final rounds being contested.

Three-time Olympian Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will be competing in her second event of the 2008 Olympic Games tomorrow in women’s sport pistol. Fifty-six year old Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.), who is the oldest known American woman to compete for the U.S. at an Olympic Games (winter or summer), will be vying for a spot on the podium in her fourth Olympic Games appearance.

For complete results from the shooting competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, please visit the following link on the official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: results.beijing2008.cn

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