Cal Poly Pomona grad wins gold medal in skeet shooting

Cal Poly Pomona graduate Kimberly Rhode won the gold medal in women’s skeet shooting on Sunday, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.

Rhode, 33, tied the world record and set an Olympic record with 99 points. Wei Ning of China took silver with 91 points, and Danka Bartekova of Slovakia got bronze by beating Marina Belikova of Russia in a shootout after they tied with 90 points.

Rhode, a Monrovia resident who was born in Whittier, has studied food marketing and agribusiness management at Cal Poly Pomona.

“I don’t think it has hit me yet, but I’m sure it will – the record and everything it represents,” said Rhode, who will be back on the range today preparing for the trap event. “The last few shots I was trying to keep myself from crying.

“Every emotion hit me at once when I was out there.”

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