Kim Rhode Starts 2018 World Cup Season With Gold, Tying Her World Record Score

By Karen Price | March 10, 2018, 11:39 p.m. (ET)

Kim Rhode competes in the finals of women's skeet at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Three-time Olympic shooting champion Kimberly Rhode won a medal at every world cup in 2017, and she’s now carried that streak into 2018.

Rhode, 38, equaled her world record with 56 shots made out of 60 for the gold medal in the women’s skeet world cup on Saturday in Guadalajara, Mexico. With only men’s skeet reaming Sunday, Rhode has the highest score of the competition thus far, out of both men’s and women’s events.

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Fellow American Caitlin Connor finished second with 52 shots and Great Britain’s Amber Hill finished third with 42 shots.

This marks Connor’s fifth world cup medal, all of which are silver. She also won silver at the 2015 world championships.

Rhode won her third career World Cup Final gold medal last year and was named 2017 ISSF Shooter of the Year. The Guadalajara win is her 34th world cup medal, 23 of which have come in skeet.

The six-time Olympian made her debut in 1996 and has competed in every Olympics since then, medaling at each of them. Rhode is the first and only woman to medal at six straight Olympics.

Rhode’s performance continues a strong showing by the American women in this week’s competition. Ashley Carroll won the women’s trap with a world record and Aeriel Skinner won bronze medals in both women’s trap and mixed trap (with Mick Wertz) earlier in the week.

The competition concludes on Sunday when two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock returns to international competition in men’s skeet following a post-Olympic break. 

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.