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Kim Rhode of El Monte, CA, already a four-time Olympic medalist, has done it again – set a new shotgunning world record. Sunday in Tucson, AZ, at the 2012 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup she shot a perfect 75 in competition. Kim beat the previous world record of 74/75 set by Elena Little (Great Britain) at the 2005 ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.

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KIM RHODE SHOWS how it’s done as she shoots the 75th straight target in international skeet to set a new world record.

The 74/75 record had been equaled 13 times since then including Rhode, who equaled the mark twice in 2010 at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing (China) and at the ISSF World Cup Final in Izmir (Turkey).

Entering the final with an almost insurmountable five-target advantage on her competitors, the only thing in question was whether Rhode would be the first to reach perfection in the event. But Rhode would miss one clay on the second station and instead had to settle for a 99, equaling the Finals World Record.  

"It's great to start the season in this way, on my home turf, especially as we are getting closer to the Olympics," Rhode said.

Rhode, already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London after winning the 2010 World Championships, is trying to make Olympic history by becoming the first U.S. athlete competing in an individual sport to win five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games.
About the missed target ending a World Record run, Rhode said: "I was so close. People tend to find a million excuses for their mistakes, but no excuses, I just missed that target."

Kim’s dad, Richard, and I were right there, watching, and what Kim didn’t mention was that an at-times strong and capricious wind caused the target to dip just as the shot was fired, and the shot went just a tiny bit high, over the target.

Rhode isn't done competing yet as she'll be shooting for a Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) later this week in Women's Trap.

Longtime readers of WON may remember that time more than 20 years ago when I wrote the very first article ever done about the then-very-young shooter named Kim Rhode.

She has had a spectacular career in the meantime, and right now is recognized as the top women skeet shooter in the world.

If she gets any kind of medal this summer at the Olympics in London, she’ll set another Olympic record of having medaled in the most consecutive Olympics in history.

I am confident that Kim will medal in the upcoming Olympics. Truly, it has been both a pleasure and an honor to have known her throughout such an illustrious career.

When I watched as she smoked the 75th target the other day, I was reminded about what I sensed the very first time I met her when she was just 11 years old. I saw something in her shooting then that was different, better, smoother, more natural than I had seen in any shooter before.

She still has IT.

Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at

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RICHARD RHODE, Kim Rhode’s dad, was right there when she set a new world record in skeet. Kim will be competing in the Olympics this summer in London.

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