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Rhode Breaks Own World Skeet Record at World Cup in Changwon

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KImberly Rhode of the United States, center, bettered her own women's skeet shooting world record by hitting 58 of 60 targets in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon. Photo: ISSF

By Mike Rowbottom |

Six-time Olympic medalist Kimberly Rhode of the United States produced a world record in the women’s skeet shooting to win her second successive International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup gold in Changwon in South Korea.

The 38-year-old American, who has a complete set of Olympic medals in skeet shooting, followed up her win at the opening World Cup stage in Guadalajara in Mexico by shattering her own world record of 56 hits by smashing 58 of her possible 60 targets.

She topped he podium ahead of Britain’s Amber Hill, who scored 55, and fellow American Amber English, with 44.

Rhode had started the qualification series in these Championships with a frustrating 22-hit series yesterday morning, only managing to finish fourth with a score of 119 targets.

But with the new ISSF rules the qualification score is not carried forward into the final.

The United States Sports Academy recently honored American shooter Kim Rhode – the most successful female shooter in Olympic history with medals in six consecutive Olympics – with a 2016 Distinguished Service Award, recently presented in her home state of California by Dr. Gary Cunningham, Academy trustee and president of the United States International University Sports Federation.

“Never give up!”  Rhode said immediately after the medal ceremony.

“I am amazed, it just keeps going and I am trying to ride that wave, one World Cup after another.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled, it has been an amazing competition at a beautiful range, here in South Korea.

“Walking out of here with a new world record wasn’t something that I expected, it’s just something that happens.

“When I was out there, I was focusing on one target at the time, and I didn’t really know where I stood until the very end.”

After the medal ceremony, Rhode was also awarded the 2017 ISSF Shooter of the Year trophy – assigned by the ISSF Athletes’ Committee, of the ISSF Coaches Advisory Committee and by delegates of the international press – for her unique performances, behavior and character, during the past season.

“At the end of the day, I am humbled by it all, it feels amazing,” she said.

Hill, 20, collected her second World Cup medal back-to-back, after Guadalajara’s bronze.

For bronze medalist English, 28, it was the first appearance on an ISSF podium since 2016.

Italy’s 36-year-old 2010 World Cup champion Katiuscia Spada was fourth with 34 targets.

More than 800 athletes from 70 nations have been competing in this ISSF World Cup in Changwon, which also serves as a test event for the 52nd ISSF World Championships in all events to be hosted at the same venue from August 31 until September 14.

The competition is due to come to an end tomorrow afternoon with the last medal match – the men’s skeet final.

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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