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Rhode and Holguin Go Gold, Silver at World Cup Final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (October 12, 2016) – Kim Rhode and Jeff Holguin just added more hardware to their World Cup Final medal collections when they won gold and silver respectively today at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final for Shotgun in Rome, Italy.

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Rhode tied Chiara Cainero of Italy for the highest score in Women’s Skeet Qualification (71/75 targets) to earn her spot in the Semifinal. Rhode (El Monte, California) would then have to compete in a three-way shootoff to advance to the gold-medal match where she would best Meng Wei of China by one target by shooting a perfect 16/16 targets to win the gold medal. Wei – who Rhode faced off against in the bronze-medal match at the Olympic Games just two months earlier – would claim silver and Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand would take home bronze. This match was Rhode’s first World Cup Final appearance since 2011 when she also won a gold medal in Women’s Skeet. Today’s medal win brings Rhode’s World Cup Final medal total to five.

It was an incredible experience,” Rhode said. “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 (pictured above) won bronze in Women’s Skeet at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just two months earlier, bringing her medal total to six medals in six consecutive Olympic Games.

Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado) just missed out on a spot in the Finals to finish in seventh place. She tied Wei with 69/75 targets in Qualification in sixth place, but would lose 2-1 in a shootoff to qualify for the last spot in the Final. At just 17 years old, Katie Jacob(Rochester, Michigan) finished in 11th place (67/75 targets) in her World Cup Final debut.


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About USA Shooting:
USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting’s mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. Check us out on the web at usashooting.org and on Twitter at twitter.com/USAShooting.

Congratulations on your World Cup success!

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