Team USA’s Vincent Hancock Aiming for his Third Olympic Gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/07/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 13: Vincent Hancock of the United States competes in the qualification match for the skeet event on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Shooting Centre on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)


Shooting powerhouse USA is sending a 20-member contingent to Tokyo Olympics 2021. Olympic medalist Vincent Hancock will lead the shooting squad.

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The shotgun discipline has been USA’s strongest suit at Summer Olympics. Hancock is one of the USA’s most decorated and successful shooters. Vincent clinched two gold medals at consecutive Olympic games. He will aim at his 3rd Olympic gold at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Vincent Hancock the favorite to win at Tokyo Olympics

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The Georgia native started shooting at 11 after he was inspired by his father. At 16, the skeet shooter won his first ISSF World Championship and also became the ISSF Shooter of the year.

Vincent dominated the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics skeet events. Notably, he clinched gold medals in the skeet men’s individual event. At the Rio Olympics 2016, he missed out on the finals by finishing at the 15th position.

Despite missing out on the 2016 medal, he continued his medal rush at the world cups. Hancock bagged the gold medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup. USA’s top shooter became the 1st skeet men’s event shooter to win the title four times.

Olympic and World Record Holder

The shooting legend established an Olympic record in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the finals of the skeet men’s event, he scored 145.

Hancock also has a world record in his name, which he created in the 2019 World Cup. He scored the perfect 60/60 in the skeet men’s event. The shotgun shooter is at the world’s 12th position in the event according to ISSF rankings.

Notably, Vicent has been consistently reaching the podium finish at the world championships. During the 2021 ISSF World Cup in Lonato Hancock, cliched two medals. In the skeet mixed event, he won the gold, while in skeet men’s he grabbed the silver medal.

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Vincent is an evergreen shooter and has been producing incredible performances. At 16 he competed with experienced shooters, and at 32 he is giving tough competition to young shooters.

Interestingly, he is also a mentor and coach to young American shooters. Vincent has been coaching another Tokyo-bound shooter Austen Smith, who will compete in skeet women’s event.

Olympic star Vincent has the most realistic chance of winning the gold at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 with his incredible form. However, considering the unpredictability of sport, will Vincent claim his 3rd Olympic gold?

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