Vincent Hancock (USA) competes in skeet men qualification during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks. Hancock leads the three round qualification with a 74 missing only one bird in the day. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)
LONDON -- Vincent Hancock wasn't perfect, but he was oh so close.
The defending Olympic champion from Eatonton, Ga. hit 74-of-75 targets Monday to carry a two-target lead into Tuesday's second day of qualifying at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
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"Today was a really good day,'' Hancock told reporters after the competition. "I went out there expecting to shoot 75 targets, but I fell a bit short and missed a target. The weather conditions were great, the range is great, the targets look amazing. I'm just going out there to do my best and shoot 75 tomorrow.''
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(Mick McCabe, Detroit Free Press/USA Today)