Team USA’s Rhode takes bronze in women’s skeet shooting

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American shooter Kim Rhode added to what has already been an incredibly successful career Friday, as she took bronze in the skeet shooting competition. Rhode, who has now won an Olympic medal in six consecutive Olympic Games, defeated China’s Weng Mei in the bronze medal match.

The match went into sudden death, with Rhode clinching the win in the fourth round. Rhode is the first Summer Olympian to win a medal in six consecutive Games, with Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler being the only other athlete to accomplish the feat. Rhode also became the first Olympic athlete to win an Olympic medal on five different continents, with German equestrian rider Isabell Werth joining her shortly thereafter.

The gold medal match was between Italians Diana Bacosi and Chiara Cainero, with Bacosi taking gold by the final score of 15-14. Caneiro hit all 16 targets in the semifinal round, with Bacosi hitting 15. But in the final it was Bacosi who was the more accurate shooter, and her first Olympic medal is gold as a result.

Rhode won her first Olympic medal in Atlanta in 1996, taking gold in the double trap. In Sydney four years later Rhode took bronze in the double trap, only to come back and take gold in Athens in 2004. At that point in her career she made the switch to skeet shooting, taking silver in Beijing and gold in London.