The 38-year-old athlete won her 11th World Cup gold in the Skeet Women event, walking on top of the podium alongside her friend and teammate Caitlin Connor, who took silver. It’s the second double for the United States shooting team, after the one signed by Ashley Connor and Aeriel Alease Skinner in the women’s Trap final.
Legendary shooter Kimberly Rhode did it again.
In the second-to-last event at the ISSF World Cup Stage 1 in Guadalajara (MEX), the 38-year-old United States’ athlete won the 11th Skeet Women gold of her outstanding career.
After missing two targets in her vey first station, Rhode sealed her match with an impressive streak of 30 consecutive hits, eventually equalling her own world record of 56 hits.
“I started out a little rough, then I kind of pulled it together, did that great final run and I’m just so happy that I walked away with the gold medal, especially with my teammates next to me on the podium,” said Rhode, who preceded United States’ second finalist Caitlin Connor (28), who took silver with 52 hits.
“I do still feel the excitement being out there, but having done it so many times, I’m a lot more comfortable in that moments,” she added.
“The plans for this season include a lot of shooting, spending time with my son and taking care of my land back at home: planting some trees, stuff like that…” concluded Rhode.
It’s the second medal-combo for the United States in Guadalajara, after the one pocketed by Ashley Carroll and Aeriel Alease Skinner in the Trap Women final.
The bronze medal was awarded to Great Britain’s Amber Hill, who pocketed another World Cup medal after the gold she won at the ISSF World Cup in Acapulco (MEX) in 2013. Hill — number 5 in the World Ranking in this event — finished with 42 target hits out of 50.
The British 20-year-old was followed by Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova and People’s Republic of China’s Wei Meng, who respectively placed 4th and 5th.
Bartekova (33) — bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR) — crushed 32 of her 40 targets, missing two costly targets in her last round on station 5; while 28-year-old Wei — currently ranked 5th in the world in this event — placed 5th with 24 hits out of 30 targets.
Eliminated after 20 targets, Argentina’s shooter Melisa Gil (33) took 6th position with 13 hits, matching the best result of her career thirteen years later — another 6th place signed in Americana (BRA) in 2005.