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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Rhode edged South Korean

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- American Kim Rhode rallied in the final rounds to win the gold medal in women's double trap Wednesday, staking a unique claim as the first and the last winner of the Olympic event.

Rhode won the 1996 gold when double trap was introduced at the Olympics, and now owns the 2004 medal in the event that will be discontinued after these games. She also won the bronze in 2000.

"It's an amazing feeling,'' said the 25-year-old Rhode, of El Monte, Calif. "I don't think it's quite sunk in yet that I've won. It usually hits me when I get home.''

Rhode was perfect through the ninth round, but a miss left things even after 12 rounds. Rhode regained the lead two rounds later after a miss by silver medalist Lee Bo Na of South Korea, and held it through the rest of the 20-round competition.

The bronze medal went to Gao E of China.

Also in shooting on Wednesday, Maria Grozdeva of Bulgaria won the gold medal in the 25-meter pistol.

Lenka Hykova of the Czech Republic won the silver and Irada Ashumova of Azerbaijan took the bronze.