Kim Rhode Takes Gold in Women's World Cup Event

Kim Rhode
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Six-time Olympic medalist and Second Amendment-rights advocate Kim Rhode won the women's skeet final and the gold medal at the 2016 ISSF Shotgun World Cup held in Rome.

Rhode, 37, sealed the victory with a perfect score of 16 hits in the gold medal match in Rome yesterday, according to this story from theoutdoorwire.com. She beat out Wei Meng of China in the gold medal match by one hit.

Rhode took the semi-finals with 14 hits of 16 shots, passing through a three-way shoot-off.

"It was an incredible experience," Rhode said in the story. "We had some fantastic competitors out there, a lot of experience on the line. I am just very happy to be able to compete against them, and do as well as I did. I am very thankful for the day."

Rhode previously won an ISSF World Cup Final in 2011.

This wasn’t the first time Rhode and Wei have met on the firing line. In Rio de Janeiro, while competing in the Olympic final, they faced off in the bronze medal match finishing third and fourth respectively, the story says. During the games, Rhode tied a record when she won an Olympic bronze medal—her sixth medal in six consecutive Games.

"Going for that record, six for six, and having attained it in Rio, was an amazing, very humbling experience. And hopefully there's more to come," she said in the story.

In this most recent competition, the bronze in Rome went to Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand with a score of 15 targets to beat Italy’s Olympic Champion Diana Bacosi, who came in 4th with 14 hits in the bronze medal match.

Rhode began shooting skeet in 2005 when the Double Trap Women event was discontinued from the Olympic Program. In Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens, she medaled in Double Trap.

She competed in her “new” event for the first time in Beijing in 2008, Women’s Skeet, winning Silver. She went on to win gold in the subsequent London Games.

"There's a lot of sacrifice. Motivation comes from the people, and the competition. I really love being in that moment, out there, on the field, down to the last target. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't, but it's really about the journey," Rhode said in the story. "Right now, at the end of this season, I want to dedicate some time to my son and my family."