Member of US Army Wins Gold In Double Trap Shooting

ThomasSenior Writer IAugust 12, 2008

Looks like being in the military does help you win the Olympics.  At least, it helped Glenn Eller of the US Army win gold for double trap and set a new world record.  This is the first gold medal the USA has won in shooting this year.  Eller, the youngest person to be in the finals this year at age 26, was one of two US Army members in the final round of the competition.  The other member, Jeff Holguin, finished fourth.

This is not the first time Glenn Eller of Texas has been to the Olympics.  He went to the Sydney Games in 2000 and the Athens Games in 2004.  However, this is the first time he won gold in this event.  He took 15th in 2000 and 17th in 2004. 

Besides winning gold in the event, Eller also set a new world record of 145 total targets hit.  He hit 45 of 50 targets in the final round. However, he missed the first two targets at the beginning of the final.  He said:  "It was a little dicey there for a second.  I knew exactly what I did wrong, so I just calmed myself down and made sure I went back through my routine, what got me into the final."  His total score in the competition was 190, a new world record. 

Silver medalist, D'Aneillo, could have beaten Eller and set his own world record, but he would have needed a perfect final round to do so.  The bronze medal went to Hu Binyuan of China.