Kim Rhode Wins Second Consecutive World Cup Final Skeet Title

By Karen Price | Oct. 25, 2017, 10:43 a.m. (ET)
Kim Rhode competes in the women's skeet final at the ISSF World Cup Final at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges on Oct. 25, 2017 in New Delhi.

 

The ISSF World Cup Final women’s skeet event was one to remember as U.S. shooters picked up a pair of medals. Legend Kim Rhode emerged victorious once again, capturing her second consecutive and third overall World Cup Final title on Wednesday in New Delhi.

All three American women made it to the final, with world champion Dania Vizzi and Caitlin Connor also vying for the win at the invitation-only match that marks the end of the international shooting season. 

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What followed was a duel between Rhode, 38, and reigning Olympic champion Diana Bacosi of Italy to see who would claim the crystal trophy. Rhode — a six-time Olympian and six-time Olympic medalist — led throughout the final despite a double-miss on station four, but after Bacosi missed four of her first 20 targets, she made the next 46 in a row to tie Rhode’s score of 56 out of 60 to match a world record. The two went into a shoot-off and 22 targets later, Bacosi missed and Rhode won.

Vizzi, 22, finished with the bronze medal, hitting 44 out of 50 targets. Connor, 26, finished in fourth, hitting 32 out of 40.

With the bronze medal that the trap mixed team of Derek Haldeman and Ashley Carroll won on Tuesday, the U.S. now stands in third place behind China and France in the overall medal standings. Olympians Frank Thompson (men’s skeet) and Ginny Thrasher (women’s rifle) will compete on Thursday.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.