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Du, Cainero take shooting gold; Rhode wins silver

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    Du, Cainero take shooting gold; Rhode wins silver for US

    Beijing, China (Sports Network) - China's Du Li and Italy's Chiara Cainero won shooting gold medals Thursday at the Beijing Olympics and Kimberly Rhode of the United States picked up a silver.

    Cainero, Rhode and Germany's Christine Brinker were tied with 93 points each, an Olympic record, after the final round of the women's skeet. The Italian won the shoot-off for gold in the rainy conditions, hitting both skeets while Rhode and Brinker hit 1-of-2.

    Rhode then hit both targets in the second shoot-off to pick up silver and Brinker settled for third after connecting on just 1-of-2 skeets.

    This marks the fourth Olympic medal for Rhode, who won gold in the double trap event in 1996 and 2004 and bronze in that category at the 2000 Sydney Games.

    "I have a collection now. I have a gold, a silver and a bronze," said Rhode.

    Hungary's Diana Igaly won gold in the skeet at the Athens Games, but the 43- year-old finished 13th in Thursday's competition.

    Earlier, Du won the women's 50-meter 3-positions event, setting an Olympic record with a final score of 690.3. She finished ahead of Czech Katerina Emmons, who had already won gold in Beijing in the 10m air rifle on Saturday.

    Du tied an Olympic mark with 589 points after the opening prone, standing and kneeling segments. The Chinese shooter then posted a score of 101.3 in the finals to rebound from a disappointing fifth-place finish in the 10m air rifle Saturday despite being the gold medalist in that event four years ago at the Athens Games.

    Emmons ended with a score of 687.7 to narrowly edge out Cuba's Eglis Yaima Cruz, who had 687.6 points, for the silver medal. Emmons had 101.7 points in the final round, while Cruz had 99.6 points.

    Jamie Beyerle of the United States finished in fifth with a score of 686.9, while fellow American Sandra Fong came in 21st.
     
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    Rain soaks, delays, postpones Olympics

    Tarps covered the baseball and softball diamonds and boats of every type were kept off the water Thursday as downpours forced a bunch of Olympic events to be delayed, postponed or, in some cases, delayed then postponed.

    But archery and skeet shooting? You wouldn't really want their grip to slip. Still, both events played out — safely, too.

    "The targets were jumping around," said American shooter Kimberly Rhode, who took silver. "It was hard to see them and keep an eye on them."

    "We had wet feet," added Germany's Christine Brinker, the bronze medalist. "It was uncomfortable."
     
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