Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Richmond just missed making the finals with a seventh-place finish, and five-time Olympian Sgt. 1st Class Glenn Eller finished 14th in men’s double trap on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Richmond missed his 12th target in a three-way shoot-off for the last spot in the finals, while Eller struggled with conditions that were dark, cloudy, windy and rainy before finishing strong — but not quite strong enough — which left him talking about gunning for a sixth Olympics in 2020.
Both Soldier-athletes are members of the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Richmond’s qualifying score after five rounds of shooting 30 clay pigeons was 135, tied with Hu Binyuan from China and Fehaid Aldeehani, who was born in Kuwait and competed as an independent athlete under the Olympic flag.
Binyaun was eliminated after missing his seventh target in the shoot-off. Richmond missed his 12th shot. Aldeehani then blasted two more clay pigeons to advance to the final.