Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode of El Monte won the gold medal in women’s skeet while Jeff Holguin of Yorba Linda won the silver in the men’s double trap in the ISSF World Cup Final for Shotgun in Rome.
The 37-year-old Rhode defeated China’s Meng Wei in the gold medal match. Rhode hit all 16 targets, while Wei hit 15, missing the seventh in the competition conducted by the International Shooting Sport Federation, shooting’s international governing body.
Rhode also defeated Wei in the bronze medal match in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Rhode hit 14 of 16 targets in the semifinals, then passed through a three-way shootoff with a plus-seven to advance to the gold medal match.
Rhode tied Italy’s Chiara Cainero for the highest score in qualifying, hitting 71 of 75 targets, earning a spot in the semifinals.
“It was an incredible experience,” Rhode said after her first World Cup Final appearance since 2011 when she also won a gold medal.
“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 is the only Summer Olympic athlete to win a medal in six consecutive games. Her medal haul includes gold medals in 1996, 2004 and 2012.
The 37-year-old Holguin lost to Australian James Willett, 28-27, in the gold medal match. Both shooters hit each of their first 13 targets. Holguin missed his 14th and Willett his 16th. They each missed their their 22nd targets, leaving the match tied, 20-20.
Willett hit each of his final eight targets, while Holguin missed his 26th.
Willett was fifth in the men’s double trap in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Holguin finished in a three-way tie for first in the semifinals, and had a plus-2 in the shootoff to advance to the gold medal match. He was second in qualifying, hitting 141 of 150 targets.
“World Cup Final is always a great match because you are up against the winners from the whole year,” said Holguin, who was fourth in the men’s double trap in the 2008 Olympics.
“I came here to win this thing and although I came up a little bit short, I’m pleased with my performance, considering how many layers of clothing I had on in the morning and how much these targets here in Rome varied.”
—City News Service