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Rhode Takes Gold in Women's Double Trap

Thursday, August 19, 2004; Page D13

American Kim Rhode won the gold medal in double trap shooting, staking a unique claim as the first and last winner of the Olympic event.

Rhode won the 1996 gold when double trap was introduced at the Atlanta Olympics, and she now owns the 2004 medal in the event, which is being eliminated.


Kim Rhode of U.S. exults after winning the last women's double trap final. (Guang Niu -- Reuters)

_____ Day 6 _____
 Olympics
Paul Hamm wins the men's gymnastics individual all-around.
The U.S. women's relay team breaks a 17-year-old record.
Shot putters compete on the site of the original Games.
Venus Williams and Andy Roddick both lose in the third round of the tennis tournament.
American cyclist Tyler Hamilton wins the gold medal, while Dede Barry takes silver in the road time trials.
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The U.S. softball team posts its fifth straight shutout with a 7-0 win over Canada.
U.S. shot putter Adam Nelson settles for silver after five fouls.
Japan's Kosuke Kitajima completes a sweep of Olympic breastsroke events by winning the 200.
The Canadian water polo team pulls off a stunning comeback to beat the United States.
American shooter Kim Rhode rallies to win the gold medal in double trap.
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"It's an amazing feeling," said Rhode. "I don't think it's quite sunk in yet that I've won. It usually hits me when I get home."

In women's 25-meter pistol, Maria Grozdeva of Bulgaria won the gold medal, while Lenka Hykova of the Czech Republic won the silver and Irada Ashumova of Azerbaijan took the bronze.

Rhode and Lee Bo Na of South Korea were tied at 110 entering the 20-round final. Both hit their first four sets of targets. Rhode was the last shooter to miss in the final, failing to hit the second target in the 10th round.

Tied after 13 rounds, Lee missed the second target on her 14th turn, while Rhode hit both to take the lead.

After hitting one of two targets on her final attempt, Rhode turned around and didn't immediately celebrate. "I didn't really know where I stood," she said. "I wasn't too sure when I walked off because nobody cheered right away." Lee finished one shot behind, to take the silver.

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