Shooting: Rhode makes history
Updated: Monday, 30 Jul 2012 11:11
Kimberly Rhode made Olympic history today as the first American to win individual medals at five successive Games - and then insisted there was plenty more to come.
The 33-year-old shooter also equalled the world record with 99 hits out of 100 as she obliterated the field to win the women's skeet.
Rhode was already a two-time gold medallist in the double trap, in 1996 and 2004, won bronze in the same event in 2000 and took silver after switching to the skeet at Beijing four years ago.
But she now has her shotgun sights set firmly on Brazil in 2016 - and beyond.
"I do not see myself quitting any time soon," Rhode said.
"I'm looking forward to 2016 and a few more after that. The oldest Olympic medallist was a shooter and he was 72, so I still have a few more in me."
Rhode will have to compete at the 2052 Games if she is to break that particular record, held by Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn who won a silver medal in 1920.
She sent plenty of other records tumbling today, though setting a new Olympic best for a qualifying round with 74 out of 75.
She then topped that off with a perfect 25 in the final and a share of the world record held by Slovakia's Danka Bartekova - who took bronze behind silver medallist Wei Ning of China.
Rhode's performance was all the more remarkable given the downpour which fell during the qualification.
But what of the shot that got away, in the third round, which denied her an unprecedented perfect 100?
"I have no excuses, I just missed one," she said. "It happens. The conditions were difficult and it just got away.
"The world record did not really affect me until late on. Then the emotions were affecting me and I was thinking 'please don't cry, you won't be able to see the birds', that would have been a challenge.
"My dad said one day I'd have to shoot well in the rain, and he was right."
Today's other gold medal went to Guo Wenjun of China in the women's 10m air pistol.
Guo overhauled France's Celine Goberville with her final shot to retain the Olympic title she won in Beijing.