Today in Rio the USA men shot in the pistol and shotgun events that have no equivalent for women: 50m sport pistol and double trap. All four men competing were left medal-less, but some barriers were broken in Will Brown's top-10 finish in the pistol event. In archery, Zach Garrett defeated his opponents in the first two rounds to advance to the round of 16. Unfortunately, for the second time in this Olympic tournament bracket two USA archers will face off against each other.
Men's 50m Free Pistol
Will Brown and Jay Shi combined for the best US finish in this event since 1992 on the fifth day of the 2016 Olympics. A 556/600 was needed to make the finals, and Will fired a 555 to finish 10th. With a score of 553, Jay finished 14th.
USA Shooting's recap points out two interesting things about the winner of the 50m free pistol event, Korean Jin Jongoh. One, that he has won Olympic gold in this event four times with three of those golds won at consecutive Olympics. That's a big deal! Two, that this is the first time since 2004 that a South and North Korean have shared a podium at the Olympics, with the bronze in this event going to Kim Song Guk of DPRK.
Additionally, Vietnam added another medal to its ranks, with Hoang Xuan Vinh coming in second. He won gold in men's air pistol. Just like Greece's Anna Korakaki, Hoang dominated the medals in the precision pistol events at this Olympics.
Men's Double Trap
Five-time Olympian, 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist and US Army Staff Sergeant Glenn Eller and two-time Olympian and US Army Sergeant First Class Josh Richmond each finished in the top 15 but did not bust enough clays to advance to the finals in Olympic double trap. SFC Richmond finished 7th after losing a shootout in a three-way tie for sixth place with 135 out of 150 targets busted. The top six advance to the final shootout in Olympic double trap. SSG Eller finished 14th with 131 clays. The gold and silver medalists in double trap tied to set an Olympic Record today, each shooting 140 out of 150 possible targets in the qualification round.
Double trap is a challenging game, with two clay targets whizzing by the shooters in random directions at 60+ mph.
Men's Recurve Archery
Olympic rookie Zach Garrett had a phenomenal day today, winning both matches to advance to the round of 16. On Friday he shoots against silver medal-winning teammate Brady Ellison. Sound familiar? That's because the same thing happened yesterday with Jake Kaminski and Brady Ellison. According to a World Archery report five of six Korean archers (men and women) and three of four Indian archers (men and women) remain in the tournament, which means those countries did not have to pit one teammate against another. Yet for the USA it has happened twice. Apparently the brackets are based on how archers shot in last Friday's ranking round, so I don't necessarily think this could have been prevented. But it sure stinks.