Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) finished out a terrific season with a silver medal at the World Cup Final. Rhode-the year’s World Champion-equaled the world record of 74/75 targets in qualification. Rhode encountered difficulty in the final as she shot 21 targets. Luckily, with a solid one-target lead headed into the final round, she was able to maintain pace and finish one target above the bronze medalist.
Other American competitors included Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who shot 67 targets in qualification, which put her in a three way tie for the remaining spot in the Women’s Skeet final. English and Xiumin Yu lost to Italy’s Chinara Cainero. The third American, Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa), who was invited to the World Cup Final after her gold medal performance in Lonato, finished 9th with 66 targets.
In Men’s Skeet, Sean McLelland (Harlingen, Texas) finished in 10th place with 114 targets. At yesterday’s Men’s Double Trap event, Staff Sergeant Josh Richmond (Hillsgrove, Pa.), the reigning World Champion, finished 10th with 138 targets and teammate Corporal Jeffrey Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) also shot for 138 targets and 11th place.
The competition continues tomorrow and Wednesday with Trap events. The USA will be cheering for 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Corey Cogdell, in Women’s Trap and two-time reigning National Champion, John Mullins in Men’s Trap.
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