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Kim Rhode wins record fourth-straight World Cup gold in shooting

Kim Rhode
Kim Rhode poses with her Olympic medals at the 2016 Team USA media summit in Beverly Hills.
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Adding to an already historic career, Southern California native Kim Rhode became the first woman to win four consecutive World Cup golds in shooting with a skeet victory in Changwon, South Korea, on Friday.

The 39-year-old shotgun specialist now has a streak that includes the 2018 season finale and all three competitions so far this spring.

“It’s like a flashback to the Rio podium,” Rhode said. “I’m still in shock and can’t believe I’ve been able to win four straight World Cup golds … right now, I’m focused on making the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, so all the rest is just icing on the cake!”

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Rhode is the only woman to win individual medals in six consecutive Olympics, a span that began with gold at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games and has continued through 2016 in with a bronze in Rio de Janeiro.

In Changwon, she missed only six times in 185 shots, finishing with 31 in a row to defeat Diana Bacosi of Italy. Chiara Cainero, another Italian, won the bronze medal.

david.wharton@latimes.com

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