(Accokeek, MD) Olympic champions and Team Beretta shooters Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock have recently won back-to-back competitions as they begin to work their way towards earning a spot on the 2020 Olympic team.
Both Rhode and Hancock topped the podium at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico and the 2018 Spring Shotgun Selection Match for the World Championship U.S. Skeet Team in Tucson, Arizona.
At the 2018 ISSF World Cup, Hancock returned to international competition for the first time since his appearance at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
After the qualification round, Hancock finished in first place after dropping two birds for a score of 123 out of 125. During the finals, Hancock continued his stellar performance as he hit 59 out of 60 birds, which tied him for the finals World Record with Australian competitor Paul Adams.
Forced into a gold medal match, Hancock won the shoot-off 6 to 5 and secured his eighth World Cup gold medal and his 12th medal overall.
Rhode had an equally exceptional performance during the 2018 ISSF World Cup as she won her 11th World Cup gold medal. After dropping only 3 targets out of 125 in the qualification round, she went on to equal her own World Record and secure the gold medal with a score of 56 out of 60 birds.
Both Rhode and Hancock continued their winning streak the next week with the 2018 Spring Shotgun Selection Match. Their scores from this match would be combined with those from the Fall 2017 Selection Match for a combined 500 targets.
The top twelve competitors were selected for the U.S. Skeet Team to compete at the upcoming 2018 World Championships.
Rhode dropped 11 targets out of 500 total between the two selection matches and another six during the finals round, eclipsing her nearest competitor by a total of 13 hits to secure a position on her 14th World Championship Team.
Hancock missed only two targets during the Spring Selection match and three targets during the final rounds. Between the Fall and Spring Selection match, he dropped a total of five birds out of 500 to secure the top spot by 11 targets.
“Beretta is very proud to have such accomplished athletes as Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock as a part of Team Beretta. Their accolades speak for themselves and we are looking forward with great anticipation to the ISSF World Cup in July and the ISSF World Championships in September,” Brenda Morgal, Marketing Operations and Event Manager at Beretta USA, said.
Hancock and Rhode will be competing at the 2018 ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea from August 31 to September 1, 2018.
About Team Beretta:
Team Beretta, founded in the early 1980s, is a team of professional shooters of various age and experience that compete as Brand Ambassadors for Beretta USA in the fields of trap, skeet, sporting clay, pistol, 3-gun, and precision long range competitive shooting. Since 1977, Beretta has led the way in all forms of competitive shooting sports and continues to strive for excellence. During the 2016 Olympic Games, Team Beretta shooters took ten out of the possible fifteen podiums in trap, double trap, and skeet shooting events. Team Beretta competes not only at the highest professional levels as well as national and regional competitions, but our shooters also mentor and train future competitors.