Final Skeet Women
ISSF World Cup Final Rifle / Pistol / Shotgun · New Delhi, IND
At the end of an incredible match, once again, it was legendary Skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode who walked to the highest step of the podium.
This time she did it at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi (IND), where the 38-year-old American won her third ISSF World Cup Final title. The second consecutive after the one she secured in Rome (ITA) last year.
Leading a trio of United States’ finalists that also included 22-year-old Dania Vizzi and 26-year-old Caitlin Connor, Rhode grabbed and maintained the top position all along the final match, despite an unusual double-miss on station 4, but failed to distance herself from Italy’s reigning Olympic Champion Diana Bacosi.
The 34-year-old Italian shooter missed four of her first 20 targets, then entering an unbelievable streak of 46 consecutive hits that allowed her to match Rhode’s final score of 56 hits out of 60: the Equalled World Record.
In the following shoot-off, despite a couple of breaks due to technical reasons, they both kept shooting outstandingly, and it took 22 additional targets to see Bacosi miss and surrender to Rhode.
“A lot of things happened during this final, but I think that’s typical with any event.” Said Rhode at the end of the award ceremony. “You just roll with the punches and hope for the best outcome… And this is the best outcome you can have! I couldn’t be happier!”
“I’ll get back into training now,” she added. “We’ll shoot through the whole winter, but I won’t take part in any competition until next year. I’ll be looking forward to the first two World Cup stages, I’ve already qualified to compete there.”
The Bronze medal was awarded to first-time World Cup Final participant Dania Jo Vizzi, as she crushed 44 out of 50 targets and secured her third medal of the ISSF season after the Golds won at the World Cup stage in Larnaka (CYP) and at the ISSF World Championship in Moscow (RUS).
Vizzi was followed by her other teammate, Caitlin Connor, who missed two targets at a crucial stage and took 4th place with 32 hits out of 40 clays.
Competing in her third World Cup Final, Italy’s second finalist Simona Scocchetti (32) entered the top-6 for the first time, eventually landing in 5th place with 25 target hits out of 30: the best result of her career in this competition.
People’s Republic of China’s 28-year-old Wei Meng, currently ranked 7th in the world, finished in 6th positions with 15 hits out of 20 clays.