Army sergeant wins gold in London

United States of America's Vincent Hancock shoots during the men's skeet event. United States of America's Vincent Hancock shoots during the men's skeet event. Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock defended his skeet shooting crown Tuesday, becoming the first athlete to win consecutive gold medals in the sport in Olympic history.

The 23-year-old Georgia native successfully shot 148 of the 150 clay targets he saw over the three-day competition. Hancock also won gold in Beijing in 2008, at the age of 19.

"Being able to stand back up there again and listen to the national anthem again, it's got to be better," Hancock told the Associated Press. "But it hasn't set in fully yet."

The medalist considered retiring before the games, but now plans to compete in Rio in 2016 to build his legacy. Skeet shooting has been an Olympic sport since 1968. Hancock is an Army truck driver based in Fort Benning. He is married with two children.

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