Kim Rhode Earns Fourth Consecutive Podium Finish With Skeet Silver In Cyprus

By Darci Miller | April 30, 2017, 12:43 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Kim Rhode, Wei Meng of China and Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand pose on the podium for women's skeet at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup on April 30, 2017 in Larnaka, Cyprus.

 

Kim Rhode's golden streak may have come to an end, but not by much. Rhode earned silver at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus for her fourth consecutive podium finish.

Rhode qualified into the final with the highest score, posting 73 hits (out of 75 targets) in the qualifying round. She hit 52 of 60 targets in the final to take silver behind China's Wei Meng, who scored 54. Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand finished third with 41 targets. Dania Vizzi placed sixth, her highest senior world cup finish to date.

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Rhode had entered the event riding a streak of three world cup wins. She won the 2016 ISSF World Cup Final in October, surviving a three-way shoot-off in the semifinals and hitting all 16 targets in the final to claim her second career world cup final gold ahead of Wei in second and Jiewchaloemmit in third. She continued her dominance into the first world cups of the 2017 season, taking gold in New Delhi and Acapulco.

A six-time Olympian, Rhode is a three-time Olympic champion and the first woman ever to medal at six consecutive Olympic Games. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world in women's skeet, her medal in Cyprus is the 32nd of her career at a world cup or world cup final. Along with 17 golds, she now has seven silvers to go with eight bronze.