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Kimberly Rhode - Gold

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Joe Potosky, Mar 24, 2007.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Three time Olympic trap medalist (two gold).

    She can no longer compete in Olympic women trap as the Olympic committee cut her sport from future games...

    She had started her career shooting International Skeet and returned to the game so she could hopefully shoot in one more Olympics.

    At this International Skeet Shoot she established a new final world record with a 98.

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    ISSF World Cup

    Santo Domingo, 22/03/2007 - The USA’s team has been the absolute protagonist of this Skeet Women final, placing two athletes on the two highest steps of the podium and establishing a new Final World Record. Two medals to two young ladies: Kimberly Rhode (Gold) and Haley Dunn (Silver).

    Notwithstanding rains showers, power loss, referees mistakes and the general confusion that surrounded the last part of the final, this Skeet Women Final has been a good sample of how spectacular shooting sports can be.

    Since the qualification rounds, USA team placed two athletes in the leading positions: Starting from the first shots, the 22-year hold Haley Dunn and her team mate Kymberly Rhode showed a great determination, shooting with a fast action and no hesitations. They had a three targets lead to manage on their opponents: a good margin to count on.

    After a good start, Dunn felt on the most difficult station, the fourth. Notwithstanding referee’s hesitations, she missed there on the doubles, losing ground from her team mate Rhode.

    Rhode, by her side, impressed for the deep concentration shown and for the incredible shooting rhythm: no zeros affected her superb performance, so that she passed through the eighth and last station with the full score of 25 hits, marking the new Final World Record of 98 targets and gaining the deserved applauses. Haly Dunn, by her side, completed USA success coming in second, with a score of 94 targets that worth Silver.

    Behind the US-dream-team, things where complicated by the confusion generated by few complains not managed in the best way by the referees. The French shooter Veronique Girardet-Allard, who in the first time seemed to be placed in third place, was then moved down in fourth, while the Italian Cristina Vitali found herself in third. While Bronze went to Vitali, a few minutes after the end of the final round, in an increasing confusion, referees re-counted scores and decided a shoot-off for the fourth place between the same Girardet-Allard and the Swedish athlete Nathalie Larsson.

    The 22-years hold Larsson, first time finalist in a World Cup, probably felt the tension caused by all these delays and mistakes, and was outdid 3 to 4 by the French shooter, placing in fifth and leaving fourth place to an incredulous Girardet-Allard.

    Closing the final’s scoreboard, the Belgian shooter Isabelle Lay market her best placement in her career placing in sixth with a total score of 88 targets.
     
  2. fssberson

    fssberson Active Member

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    I spent a morning with Kym and her dad last week while they worked on specific target presentations. It is not an accident that Kym performed so well... she shot 250 rounds from station 3 working on the passing angles. Then another few flats around the field. Her dedication, quickness, and smooth swing is a thing of beauty. A thanks to Winchester for sponsoring Kym. Now on to Korea. Another interesting point, only one woman shooter will qualify for the 2008 Olympics in China for the U.S. Team in skeet shooting. Fred
     
  3. shooter

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    Fred, Is the U.S. team required to have a woman shooter, or can it be all men?
     
  4. Baber

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    shooter...

    A full US Clay Target team will consist of 2 Men and One Women in both Trap and Skeet and Two men in Double trap. That is provided we win the necessary quota slots. A quota slot is a Gold in a world Cup event. Currently we have both the Ladies slots, Both of the mens Skeet and One mens trap and NONE in Double Trap.

    TB
     
  5. shooter

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    TBaber, Thank you.
     
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