USAMU's Eller sets Olympic record

U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Glenn Eller is now an Olympic record holder.

In qualifying for Tuesday’s finals in double trap shotgun, the Katy, Texas, native scored 145 points. That beat the 2004 score of United Arab Emirates shooter Ahmed Al-Maktoum by a single point.

Eller, competing in his third Olympics, hit 48 targets in the qualifying round and followed that by hitting 49 in the second round and 48 in the third.

Eller leads Italy’s Francesco D’aniello by one target and USAMU teammate Jeff Holguin by five entering Tuesday’s double trap finals.

Eller and Holguin weren’t the only USAMU shooters -- an elite group of marksmen based at Fort Benning -- to compete Tuesday. Three-time Olympian Daryl Szarenski placed 14th in men’s 50-meter free pistol and Jason Parker took 23rd in men’s 10-meter air rifle.

Szarenski scored 555 points in the qualifying round, four short of qualifying for the event finals. Parker’s 591 points were also four short of reaching the finals. Parker will also compete in men’s 50-meter three-position rifle, an event that begins Saturday night in Beijing.