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Shooter Kim Rhode wins gold in near perfect performance

8:52 AM, Jul 29, 2012   |    comments
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SPORTS
Greenwich, United Kingdom; Kimberly Rhode (USA) competes in the women's skeet qualifying competition during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks.
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American shooter Kim Rhode shot a perfect final round Sunday afternoon to win the gold and become the first U.S athlete in an individual sport to win five medals in five consecutive Olympics.

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With her final score of 99, Rhode equaled the world record held by Slovakia's Danka Bartekova, who earned the bronze. The near perfect round also set a new Olympic record.

Upon hitting her final two targets, Rhode broke out in a wide grin and pumped her right fist to the roaring crowd. There was plenty of American support at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

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Wei Ning of China earned silver.

During morning prelims, she also set an Olympic record, hitting 74 of 75 targets . Italy's Chiara Canero set the previous record of 72 in 2008.

Rhode won golds in double trap in 1996 and 2004, a silver in skeet in 2008 and a bronze in double trap in 1996.

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