USAMU's Hancock in lead

U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter Vincent Hancock is in the lead after the first day of men's skeet qualifications at the Beijing Olympics.

Hancock, a member of the elite shooting unit based at Fort Benning, hit 73 targets in his first round. He shot a perfect score in the first round and missed one target in each of the next two rounds.

The 19-year-old from Eatonton, Ga., is one target ahead of four shooters who each hit 72 -- France's Anthony Terras, Cyprus' Antonis Nikolaidis, Kuwait's Abdullah Alrashidi and Norway's Harald Jensen.

Competition continues with Saturday's two qualifying rounds and final. Hancock, who won his first world championship at age 16, is aiming to become the second USAMU shotgun shooter to win gold in these Olympics. Glenn Eller won gold in men's double trap earlier this week.

In a separate event, USAMU shooter Mike Anti placed ninth in men's 50-meter prone rifle. Anti, a silver medalist in three-position rifle in the 2004 Games, barely missed a spot in the event finals. His 594.0 qualification score was five points behind first-place Artur Ayvazyan from Ukraine.

Ayvazyan went on to edge American Matthew Emmons for gold, totaling 702.7 points in the finals to Emmons' 701.7. Australia's Warren Potent took bronze with 700.5 points.